EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/12/2007

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ABA

MAYWOOD BUZZ ANNOUNCE FINAL TEAM TRYOUT CAMP -by Chris Terrell
Maywood, CA. The ABA Maywood Buzz will be holding one more tryout camp. We have held two tryouts and this final one will have a catch. Only players from Maywood, Huntington Park, Bell and the surrounding cities will be in this camp. The Buzz is looking for that one or two local players from the area to come out and tryout for a spot on their 2007-2008 basketball team.

Any player that has played high school, college, pro or even just recreation leagues, we are looking for you. We will be filling our 12 man roster soon and we would love to have someone from the local area to fill one, two or more of those 12 spots. Information:

Date: September 8th and 9th (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 2pm-6pm Saturday; 12n-4pm Sunday
Site: Maywood Park Gymnasium (The MAC), 4801 East 58th Street, Maywood CA 90270
Cost: $25.00 per person

For more information, visit www.buzzbasketball.com, email buzzbasketball@gmail.com or call 310 493 4391 or visit www.abalive.com.


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ANGOLA

USA dismantles Angola for the first win in Bangkok -by Eurobasket News
USA - Angola 84:26
USA team rebounded after a stunning loss to Lithuania at the start of the Univerisade in Thailand. They thrashed Angola in the second encounter in Pool B yesterday and improved to 1-1 record. United States will now face Turkey in the qualifying round of the tournament tomorrow. Angola suffered their second straight defeat and plays against Australia.
USA team set the right tone early in this one as they rallied past African team 23:5 in the opening frame. The gap reached a 41:11 mark at halftime and the task was fulfilled. United States coach Benjamin Jacobson let the bench players log more minutes. They though never allowed Angola to come closer and limited them to only 5 points in the third quarter piling up a massive 65:16 lead. United States proved the difference also in the fourth frame as they outscored Angola 19:10 and celebrated an easy victory.
Jordan Egiseder led the action with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Jared Josten (5'11''-G-84) provided 13 points in a win. Wilson Joao was the only player to score in double figures for Angola. He netted 12 points and collected 6 boards. Andre Goncalo (6'5''-F-87) scored 5 points in a losing case.
USA shot 55% from the field and pulled down 48 rebounds. Angola hit just 13% of field goals and 37% from free throw line.

USA: Jordan Egiseder 16+12 boards, Jared Josten 13
Angola: Wilson Joao 12, Andre Goncalo 5


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ANTIGUA

Dominican Republic enters semis with a perfect record -by Eurobasket News
Dominican Republic - Antigua 88:64
Dominican Republic secured the top spot in Group A ladder as they rolled past Antigua yesterday. Dominican Republic were dominant right from the start and piled up a 46:27 lead at halftime. Dominican Republic though never stopped and completed the task in the second half posting another comprehensive victory.
Five Dominican Republic players scored in double figures. Michael Martinez (186-G-88) led them with 15 points and 8 boards. Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence) and Radhames Almonte provided 13 points apiece. Lennox McCoy (188-G-77, college: Cent.Oklahoma) replied with 19 points for Antigua. Wayne Walker (198-F-75, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) had 18 points in a loss.
Dominican Republic will now play against Cuba in today's semifinal. Antigua faces British Virgin Islands for the 5th-8th places.

Dominican Republic: Michael Martinez 15, Franklin Western 13, Radhames Almonte 13
Antigua: Lennox McCoy 19, Wayne Walker 18


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ARGENTINA

More Problems For National Team -by Leonardo Contieri
Argentina's national team keeps adding problems on its way to Las Vegas' Tournament of The Amercias, while forward Matias Sandes did not play in any of the friendly matches so far, yesterday it was announced that forward Leonardo Gutierrez, one of the three olympic champions currently on the roster. Gutierrez sprained its right leg and is now in doubt fot Las Vegas. Despite that, Argentina defeated Canada 113-83 last night in a game with poor defenses. Luis Scola and Roman Gonzalez took control of the paint, while Paolo Quinteros scored 18 points coming off the bench and Pablo Prigioni had several good assists. This was Argentina's last game in the country and the team will now travel to Puerto Rico to play Tuto Marchand Cup. Argentina won the five friendly matches her, two over Uruguay, two against Spain "B" and this against Canada "B". The confirmed eleven players for National team are: Pablo Prigioni and Antonio Porta (Point Guards), Carlos Delfino and Paolo Quinteros (Scoring Guards), Federico Kammerichs and Matias Sandes (Small Forwards), Luis Scola, Roman Gonzalez, Juan Gutierrez, Martin Leiva and Diego LoGippo (Centers).

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BAHAMAS

Bahamas edge Guyana to finish at the second spot in Group A -by Eurobasket News
Bahamas - Guyana 91:79
Bahamas edged Guyana and climbed to the second spot in Group A. This means they became the second semifinal participant from Group A. Bahamas needed to overcome a slow start of the game as they trailed 16:26 after the opening frame. However they managed to cut the deficit to 5 points at halftime 35:40. The teams entered the final stanza all square as Bahamas closed the gap in the third frame. Guyana were out of rhythm and could not stop Bahamas en route to important victory. Quentin Hall (174-G-77, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga) produced 18 points and 7 assists for Bahamas. Jaraun Burrows (203-C, college: Volunteer St. CC) added 15 points for the winners. Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) chipped in game-high 24 points for Guyana. Michael Creepy secured another 24 points in defeat.

Bahamas: Quentin Hall 18+7 assists, Jaraun Burrows 15
Guyana: Gordon Klaiber 24, Michael Creepy 24


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BELARUS

Belgian National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
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4 Roel Moors (190-G-78) of Passe Partout Basket Groot Leuven (BEL)
5 Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) of Telindus BC Oostende (BEL)
6 Christophe Beghin (207-F-80) of Verviers-Pepinster (BEL)
7 Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) of Real Madrid (ESP)

8 Lionell Bosco (176-G-81) of BBC Royal Atomia Brussels (BEL)
9 Julien Pirlot (198-F-81) of BBC Royal Atomia Brussels (BEL)
10 Francois Lhoest (196-F-85) of Belgacom Liege Basket (BEL)
11 Jef Van der Jonckheyd (203-F-82) of Passe Partout Basket Groot Leuven (BEL)
12 Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83) of TEC Spirou Charleroi (BEL)
13 Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) of Adecco Estudiantes Madrid 2nd Team (ESP)
14 Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78) of Telindus BC Oostende (BEL)
15 Guy Muya (190-G-83) of Palma Aqua Magica (ESP)


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BELGIUM

Bree Transfer News -by Peter Buyse


Euphony Bree signed American center D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia).. Fischer played the past season for Don Beck at Oldenburg.
At Oldenburg he played 34 games and averaged 11.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.6bpg.
Spent the 2005-2006 season between Anwil Wloclawek and the Roanoke Dazzle of the NBDL.
At Roanoke he had averages of 6.1ppg and 5.1 rpg in 24 games.

Played over the summer for the Chicago Bulls during the Orlando Magic summerleague and the Rocky Mountain Revue.

Had good stats in Utah averaging 8.8ppg and 8.6rpg in 4 games.



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BOSNIA

Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
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4 Sasa Vasiljevic (183-G-79) of Vive Menorca (ESP)
5 Feliks Kojadinovic (197-G-79) of Maroussi Athens (GRE)

6 Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79) of TEC Spirou Charleroi (BEL)
7 Aleksej Nesovic (189-G-85) of Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada Madrid (ESP)
8 Terrell Castle (182-G-72) of Aris Thessaloniki (GRE)
9 Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79) of Prokom Trefl Sopot (POL)
10 Ermin Jazvin (208-C-80) of Maroussi Athens (GRE)

11 Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88) of KK Sloboda Dita Tuzla
12 Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP)
13 Edin Bavcic (210-F-84) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
14 Nihad Djedovic (198-G-90) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
15 Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LTU)


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BRAZIL

Ukraine thumps Brazil for the first victory in Bangkok -by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Brazil 78:59
Ukraine gained their first win at the Summer World University in Thailand. They cruised past Brazil in the second round of action in Pool C. The win saw Ukraine improve to 1-1 record and occupy the second spot in Pool C. Brazil completed preliminary round winless at the bottom of the ladder. Ukraine will now take on Germany in qualifying round tomorrow. Brazil will try to grab their first victory against Taiwan.
Brazilian players played slightly better basketball in the starting quarter and stayed ahead 17:14 early on. But Ukrainian side gradually levelled the contest and finished the first half trailing by just a single point 29:30. Ukraine finally reached their opponents in the third quarter and the teams entered the fourth quarter all square 47:47. But Brazil simply collapsed defensively in the fourth quarter. Ukrainian players easily past Brazilian defensive walls and keep on firing points. Sergiy Gorbenko, Oleksandr Panchenko (184-G-84) and Dmytro Diatlovskyi all connected from beyond the arc and ensured a 31:12 final run for Ukraine.
The winning side was led by Oleksandr Panchenko with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Vladimir Orlenko (215-C-85) added 12 points for Ukraine. Gustavo Lima (175-G-90) poured in 18 points for Brazil. Joao Victor Ramalho (203-C) produced 8 points and 14 boards in defeat.

Ukraine: Oleksandr Panchenko 16, Vladimir Orlenko 12
Brazil: Gustavo Lima 18, Joao Victor Ramalho 8+14 boards


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BRIT.V.ISLANDS

IVB 80, T&T 73 -by David Edole

The British Virgin Islands men's basketball team created history on Friday night when they advanced to the second round of the Caribbean Basketball Championships in Caguas, Puerto Rico for the first time after defeating Trinidad and Tobago, 80-73.

It was the team's second straight win of the tournament after their 73-68 victory over Barbados Thursday night.

It was also a great comeback in the tournament after losing to hosts Puerto Rico (107-56) and Cuba (105-81) in their first two games.

But last night's victory against Trinidad & Tobago was no walkover. The BVI men were outgunned in the first half by the Trinis who led 23-10 at the first quarter and 39-26 at the half time break.

However, the BVI team made a sweet comeback in the last two quarters, outscoring the Trinidad team 30-20 and 24-14 for a final score of 80-73.

Kennedy Bass (196-F, college: Anderson) was the team's top scorer, again, netting 23 points and four rebounds. He was backed by Halstead Chiverton who scored 13 points and three rebounds and Kleon Penn, who stood out with 12 points, nine rebounds including four dunks and 100 percent from the free throw line.

Today, the BVI will play Antigua who finished fourth in Group B. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

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BULGARIA

Bulgarian National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
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4 Deian Ivanov (205-C-86) of Basquetinca.com Mallorca (ESP)
5 Kaloyan Ivanov (205-C-86) of Vive Menorca (ESP)
6 Tencho Banev (210-C-80) of PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia
7 Roderick Blakney (181-G-76) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (GRE)
8 Chavdar Kostov (190-G-88) of PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia
9 Yordan Bozov (191-G-79) of BC CSKA Sophia
10 Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of BC Levski Ekopetroulium Sophia

11 Dimitar Anguelov (202-G/F-79) of BC CSKA Sophia
12 Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) of BC Levski Ekopetroulium Sophia
13 Asen Velikov (188-G-86) of PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia
14 Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) of BC Spartak Pleven
15 Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77) of PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia


Important first victory -by Valentin Anguelov

Bulgarian men's national team defeat Hungary by the score 79 - 74 and kept their chances to get among the teams for additional qualfication tournament for Eurobasket 2007 in Menorca next month.

The game went up and down for both teams and thanks to the strong play of bulgarians in closing minutes of the game they survived in very nervous match.

The head coach of Bulgaria Titi Papazov surprised the serbian coach of the visiting team as he put in the starting lineup Asen Velikov and Nikolay Varbanov together with Deyan Ivanov, Jordan Bozov and captain Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances).

At the end of the first half bulgarians had a 9 points advantage (50-41). However in the beginning of third quarter Hungary started much better and went on 13-0 run to get 54-50 lead after 4 minutes of play in the second half. First bulgarian basket in third quarter scored Roderick Blakney with 3 minutes and 49 seconds to go in that period of the game. Despite that Bulgaria lost third quarter by 6-21 and Hungary entered the last 10 minutes with 6 points advantage. Twice they led by 7 points but Bulgaria never give up. 3 minutes and 20 seconds to go in the game the home team were down by 6 points but until the final buzzer they allowed only 2 points in defense.

At the very end Hungary had a chance to even the score but failed four times from the free throw line. Despite the loss they showed that are very serious team and played well on both ends of the floor.

Todor Stoykov was the best scorer for Bulgaria with his 17 points, all scored in the first half of the game. He missed some open shots in the second half but the fact he was on the court gave the youngsters in the team confidence to grab the win in this game.

Very good game by the twins Deyan (15 points and 7 rebounds) and Kaloyan Ivanov's (13 points and 5 rebounds). American with bulgarian passport Roderick Blakney was in the middle of the come back in the last quarter. He scored 10 points and added 8 assists and 7 rebounds.

For Hungary Marton Bader had 22 points and 7 rebounds. Bulgaria outrebounded Hungary by 10 rebounds (44-34).

Papazov once again proved his abilities to motivate his players. Everybody in the roster of Bulgarian team played in game and showed big desire to win. Lack of experience bulgarians cover with fight until the last seconds of the match. At the end everbody was happy. Players, coaches and the fans. It was a hard fought win that kept the chances for Bulgaria to qualify for Eurobasket in Spain next month.
After today's win Bulgaria is first on the table with 3 points after 2 games, Bosna and Hercegovina second with 2 points and game in hand and Hungary last with 1 point. This coming Wednesday Hungary play at home versus Bosna and Hercegovina. No matter outcome of that game everybody in Bulgaria is thinking about the game against Bosna next Saturday.

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CARICOM

Puerto Rico defeats Cuba to enter semifinal unbeaten -by Eurobasket News

Group A

Dominican Republic - Antigua 88:64
Dominican Republic secured the top spot in Group A ladder as they rolled past Antigua yesterday. Dominican Republic were dominant right from the start and piled up a 46:27 lead at halftime. Dominican Republic though never stopped and completed the task in the second half posting another comprehensive victory.
Five Dominican Republic players scored in double figures. Jack Martinez led them with 15 points and 8 boards. Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence) and Radhames Almonte provided 13 points apiece. Lennox McCoy (188-G-77, college: Cent.Oklahoma) replied with 19 points for Antigua. Wayne Walker (198-F-75, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) had 18 points in a loss.
Dominican Republic will now play against Cuba in today's semifinal. Antigua faces British Virgin Islands for the 5th-8th places.

Dominican Republic: Jack Martinez 15, Franklin Western 13, Radhames Almonte 13
Antigua: Lennox McCoy 19, Wayne Walker 18


Bahamas - Guyana 91:79
Bahamas edged Guyana and climbed to the second spot in Group A. This means they became the second semifinal participant from Group A. Bahamas needed to overcome a slow start of the game as they trailed 16:26 after the opening frame. However they managed to cut the deficit to 5 points at halftime 35:40. The teams entered the final stanza all square as Bahamas closed the gap in the third frame. Guyana were out of rhythm and could not stop Bahamas en route to important victory. Quentin Hall (174-G-77, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga) produced 18 points and 7 assists for Bahamas. Jaraun Burrows (203-C, college: Volunteer St. CC) added 15 points for the winners. Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) chipped in game-high 24 points for Guyana. Michael Creepy secured another 24 points in defeat.

Bahamas: Quentin Hall 18+7 assists, Jaraun Burrows 15
Guyana: Gordon Klaiber 24, Michael Creepy 24


Group B

British Virgin Islands - Trinidad and Tobago 80:73
British Virgin Islands recorded their second straight victory and occupied the third spot in Group B. They edged Trinidad and Tobago in the last round of preliminary action. Trinidad and Tobago meanwhile finished the tournament as the only winless team.
Trinidad however started the game brave enough and overwhelmed their opponents 23:10 in the first frame. Trinidad stayed ahead at halftime 39:26. But the things changed drastically after the break. British Virgin Islands regained control over the game and simply destroyed opposing defence. They nailed 54 points in the second half to celebrate a hard-fought win 80:73.
Kennedy Bass (196-F, college: Anderson) topscored for BVI with 23 points. Kleon Penn (211-C-87) fired 12 points and grabbed 9 boards for the winners. Wilfred Banjamin had 25 points and 11 boards for Trinidad and Tobago. Steven Lewis (-F) netted 15 points in a losing case.
BVI will now play against Antigua for the 5th-8th spots.

BVI: Kennedy Bass 23, Kleon Penn 12

Trinidad and Tobago: Wilfred Banjamin 25+11 boards, Steven Lewis 15




Puerto Rico - Cuba 89:68
Puerto Rico triumphed over Cuba on last day of preliminary action. The win ensured the top spot in Group B for the home side. The game was pretty close in the first half as the teams exchanged the blows. Puerto Rico won the starting frame 22:18. But Cuba responded with a 22:19 success in the second quarter. However things got worse for Cuban team in the second half. Puerto Rico speeded up the tempo and rushed ahead 29:17. Establishing a comfortable 70:57 lead at the start of the fourth stanza Puerto Rico never allowed Cuba to threaten it.
Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) notched 19 points for hosts. Another four players added 13 points apiece for the winners. Geoffrey Silvestre (202-F/C-79) once again topscored for Cuba with 20 points and 12 boards. Allens Jemmott (193-G-80) produced 10 points in a losing effort.
Cuba dominated the boards 48:40 but lacked accuracy from the field. They converted 38% of two pointers and just 21% from beyond the arc. Puerto Rico answered with 55% from close range and 37% of three pointers. The home side also committed just 7 turnovers.
Puerto Rico will now face Bahamas in the semifinal today. Cuba takes on Dominican Republic in another semifinal clash later tonight.

Puerto Rico: Carmelo Lee 19, Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) 13, Peter Ramos 13
Cuba: Geoffrey Silvestre 20+12 boards, Allens Jemmott 10



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CROATIA

France U18 cruises past Croatia, will play for the 5th spot -by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Croatia U18 75:59
French U18 team started the classification round for the 5th-8th spots with a comprehensive victory over Croatia. They will now face the winner of a Spain vesrus Turkey clash for the 5th place tomorrow.
France allowed Croatia to gain a 6:5 lead 3 minutes into the game but then Edwin Jackson (190-G-89) nailed a jumper to put France ahead for good. They secured a narrow advantage 14:12 after the opening frame. Edwin Jackson converted a bunch of free throws late in the second quarter to give France a comfortable 41:27 advantage at halftime. France continued to dominate after the break and led by as many as 16 points with less than 2 minutes to go in the third stanza. However Pavle Marcinkovic (197-G-89) connected from beyond the arc and Marino Sarlija (205-F/C-89) added three more points to cut the deficit to 10 points entering the fourth quarter 47:57.
Sarlija opened the final term with another two-pointer but it was as close as Croatia managed to get. France responded with 10:3 run to establish a 67:52 gap midway through the frame. Croatia were not able to deliver any comeback attempt and lost the encounter.
Edwin Jackson led all scorers with 28 points for France. Luc Louves (205-F/C-89) contributed 12 points and 9 boards for the winners. Pavle Marcinkovic chipped in 15 points for Croatia. Karlo Vragovic (191-G-89) and Marino Sarlija had 13 points apiece in defeat.
Croatia outrebounded the winners 44:40 but lost the contest of accuracy. France converted 48.9% of two pointers and 31.3% from outside, whike Croatia shot just 37.2% from close range and 20% from afar.

France U18: Edwin Jackson 28, Luc Louves 12+9
Croatia U18: Pavle Marcinkovic 15, Karlo Vragovic 13, Marino Sarlija 13


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CUBA

Cuba unable to stop Puerto Rico -by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico - Cuba 89:68
Puerto Rico triumphed over Cuba on last day of preliminary action. The win ensured the top spot in Group B for the home side. The game was pretty close in the first half as the teams exchanged the blows. Puerto Rico won the starting frame 22:18. But Cuba responded with a 22:19 success in the second quarter. However things got worse for Cuban team in the second half. Puerto Rico speeded up the tempo and rushed ahead 29:17. Establishing a comfortable 70:57 lead at the start of the fourth stanza Puerto Rico never allowed Cuba to threaten it.
Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) notched 19 points for hosts. Another four players added 13 points apiece for the winners. Geoffrey Silvestre (202-F/C-79) once again topscored for Cuba with 20 points and 12 boards. Allens Jemmott (193-G-80) produced 10 points in a losing effort.
Cuba dominated the boards 48:40 but lacked accuracy from the field. They converted 38% of two pointers and just 21% from beyond the arc. Puerto Rico answered with 55% from close range and 37% of three pointers. The home side also committed just 7 turnovers.
Puerto Rico will now face Bahamas in the semifinal today. Cuba takes on Dominican Republic in another semifinal clash later tonight.

Puerto Rico: Carmelo Lee 19, Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) 13, Peter Ramos 13
Cuba: Geoffrey Silvestre 20+12 boards, Allens Jemmott 10


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DENMARK

Danish National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
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4 Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of U.M.F. Grindavik (ISL)
5 Frederik Nielsen (180-G-88) of Horsholm Basket
6 Alan Voskuil (190-G-86) of Texas Tech University (USA)
7 Bilal Clarance (195-G/F-79) of Kaiserslautern braves (GER)
8 Chanan Colman (192-G-84) of Elitzur Ashkelon (ISR)

9 Peder Mikkelsen (190-F-81) of Aabyhoj IF
10 Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83) of Skovbakken Bears
11 Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79) of Sodertalje Kings (SWE)
12 Casper Hesseldal (197-F-85) of Skovbakken Bears
13 Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80) of Skovbakken Bears
14 Soren Flaeng (207-C-85) of Horsholm Basket
15 Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80) of BK Amager


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DOMINICAN REP.

Dominican Republic enters semis with a perfect record -by Eurobasket News
Dominican Republic - Antigua 88:64
Dominican Republic secured the top spot in Group A ladder as they rolled past Antigua yesterday. Dominican Republic were dominant right from the start and piled up a 46:27 lead at halftime. Dominican Republic though never stopped and completed the task in the second half posting another comprehensive victory.
Five Dominican Republic players scored in double figures. Michael Martinez (186-G-88) led them with 15 points and 8 boards. Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence) and Radhames Almonte provided 13 points apiece. Lennox McCoy (188-G-77, college: Cent.Oklahoma) replied with 19 points for Antigua. Wayne Walker (198-F-75, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) had 18 points in a loss.
Dominican Republic will now play against Cuba in today's semifinal. Antigua faces British Virgin Islands for the 5th-8th places.

Dominican Republic: Michael Martinez 15, Franklin Western 13, Radhames Almonte 13
Antigua: Lennox McCoy 19, Wayne Walker 18


Lidoba´s Friday Results -by Kerwin Abreu
San Francisco De MAcoris: Los Indios de San Francisco (5-8) won over Los Reales de la Vega 83-71 last night. The best for los Indios Luis Nelson Ferreiras (191-F-76) 18 points 5 rebounds 2 steals, Will Caudle (206-C-83, college: Xavier) 14 points 8 rebounds, Reggie Charles (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) 13, Benyi Minaya 10 points. In the los Cause Jorge Almanzar 19 points, Leon Trimminghan 14 points 7 rebounds, Santos Martinez (198-G/F-81, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Livingstone) 13 points. Los Reales de la Vega had 22 turnovers.

Santiago: Los Metros de Santiago defeated Los Marineros de Puerto Plata in a close game 84-81. Alvin Snow was the best man in the victory 23 points, Amaury Filion 17 and Jose Rodriguez 16 points. In the lost Cause Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) 26 points, Jamall Thomas 15, Miguel Martinez 13 and Ivan Lopez (208-C-85, college: Memphis) 11 points 16 rebounds.

La Romana: Las Panteras Del Distrino Nacional defeated 83-77 Los Caneros De La Romana. In this game the best for las Panteras Josue Abreu 19 points, Cesar Rosario and Carlos Wheeler 18 points each. In the lost cause Wilfredo Pagan 14 point 9 assist, Roberto Nieves 12 points, Andy Williams (195-G/F-80, agency: Court Side) and Edward Santana (203-F-80) 11 points.

San Cristobal: Los Cocolos De San Pedro defeated 74-71 Los Constituyentes De San Cristobal. The best men for los Cocolos was Corey Minnifield with 22 points, Henry Lalane (199-F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) 13 and Carlos Pagan 11 points. In the lost cause Jorge Rivera and Carlos Martinez 14 points each, Omar Cordero and Joan Vallejo 9 points each.

This sunday will be held the All Star Game in Hato Mayor.


¿Do you agree with the nationalization of some American Basketball players? -by Kerwin Abreu
This week poll results are as followed: A 63% percent agrees with the nationalization, a 26% percent doesn´t, a 4% percent don´t have comments and a 7% ashames themselves with this. It is difficult to understand cause there are more than 10 player wich are national players now but they are not important players to our national team except Joshua Asselin wich is a great defender and rebounder.

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EL SALVADOR

Denver advances to Semifinals -by Jaime Arevalo
Defeating Santa Ana in Game 3, Denver won its quarterfinal 2-1, as it was easy to forecast. The semifinal pairings will be drawn on Monday 13. The four teams qualified are COSMOS, LA JUGADA, UFG and DENVER II. Game 1 of semifinals will be played on August 14.


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ESTONIA

Estonian National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
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4 Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78) of Tartu Ülikool/Rock
5 Tanel Sokk (188-G-85) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
6 Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
7 Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn

8 Janar Talts (204-C-83) of Koln 99ers (GER)
9 Gregor Arbet (195-F/G-83) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
10 Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) of Tartu Ülikool/Rock
11 Tarmo Kikerpill (197-F-77) of Energa Czarni Slupsk (POL)
12 Kristjan Makke (205-F/C-81) of Dalkia / Nybit
13 Martin Muursepp (206-F-74) of Tartu Ülikool/Rock
14 Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) of Tartu Ülikool/Rock
15 Martin Viiask (206-C-83) of Tartu Ülikool/Rock


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FRANCE

France U18 cruises past Croatia, will play for the 5th spot -by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Croatia U18 75:59
French U18 team started the classification round for the 5th-8th spots with a comprehensive victory over Croatia. They will now face the winner of a Spain vesrus Turkey clash for the 5th place tomorrow.
France allowed Croatia to gain a 6:5 lead 3 minutes into the game but then Edwin Jackson (190-G-89) nailed a jumper to put France ahead for good. They secured a narrow advantage 14:12 after the opening frame. Edwin Jackson converted a bunch of free throws late in the second quarter to give France a comfortable 41:27 advantage at halftime. France continued to dominate after the break and led by as many as 16 points with less than 2 minutes to go in the third stanza. However Pavle Marcinkovic (197-G-89) connected from beyond the arc and Marino Sarlija (205-F/C-89) added three more points to cut the deficit to 10 points entering the fourth quarter 47:57.
Sarlija opened the final term with another two-pointer but it was as close as Croatia managed to get. France responded with 10:3 run to establish a 67:52 gap midway through the frame. Croatia were not able to deliver any comeback attempt and lost the encounter.
Edwin Jackson led all scorers with 28 points for France. Luc Louves (205-F/C-89) contributed 12 points and 9 boards for the winners. Pavle Marcinkovic chipped in 15 points for Croatia. Karlo Vragovic (191-G-89) and Marino Sarlija had 13 points apiece in defeat.
Croatia outrebounded the winners 44:40 but lost the contest of accuracy. France converted 48.9% of two pointers and 31.3% from outside, whike Croatia shot just 37.2% from close range and 20% from afar.

France U18: Edwin Jackson 28, Luc Louves 12+9
Croatia U18: Pavle Marcinkovic 15, Karlo Vragovic 13, Marino Sarlija 13


French NT : An overtime needed for France vs Serbia -by Aurelien Hipp

*The international tournament of Strasbourg is taking place at the moment, with top teams like France (playing without stars duet Parker and Diaw), Serbia (a young and rebuilt team but with some famous names in it), Greece (the European dream team) and Slovenia (with also a couple of stars missing).

France was facing Serbia yesterday, for their first game of the tournament, in an opposition supposed to tell us more about the french skills for the next european championship. Actually, there was a pretty good start, with 2 consecutives treys from Diawara, also very impressive on defense.Helped by Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, college: Gonzaga), one more time proving he deserves more at the Lakers, the local team was leading all the first quarter long. However, with 4 baskets from downtown (2 for Erceg) managed to keep a visual contact and had only a 2 pt-gap to fill after 10 minutes.

Serbia managed to take the lead during the second quarter, but never had more than 1 pt. During this very pleasant first-half, based on an offensive style of play, France and Serbia showed a good performance to the 4950 spectators of the Rhenus Sport Arena. Finally, the frenchies went back to the locker-room with a nice 11pt-lead. So far, Ronny Turiaf has scored 13pts and Diawara 8. With his supposed leaders on the bench, France has to find substitution leaders, which was done yesterday.

The 3rd quarter was the weakest on the french side, since the opponents managed to tie the game at 56-56, thanks to Gurovic, more efficient close to the rim than behind the 3pt-line (0/10). However, Claude Bergeaud's players didn't give up and thanks to Cedric Ferchaud, with 2 long range shots, still had 4pts lead with 10 minutes to go.

The last period was a little bit nervous and this game didn't really look like a friendly one. The game stayed close during all 10 last minutes, til Marko Jaric scored an and-1 basket, not validated by the referee. Due to the little fight starting, Pietrus and Millicic both went on the bench with a technical foul, while Jaric was sending the team in the overtime with 2 free-throws.

The big man of the overtime is Florent Pietrus. The new player of Estudiantes Madrid sank a 3pt-pointer (just after a first missed attempt) to take the lead for the last time. The serbian coach didn't really helped his players in the last moments of the game, taking 2 technicals as a conclusion in this game. France has started pretty good the home tournament, but will have to show more versus a pretty disappointing Greek team, defeated by Slovenia yesterday in the other game.

Strasbourg - Hall Rhenus (Attendance : 4950)

France - Serbia 93-87 OT (24-22,25-16,17-24,11-15, 16-10)


France : Gomis 9, Morandais, Jeanneau 13, Diawara 18, Ferchaud 10, Pietrus 14, Badiane 2, Giffa 5, Ronny Turiaf 16, Weis 6

Serbia : Teodosic 2, Cvetkovic 4, Radivojevic, Erceg 11, Labovic 4, Ilic, Jaric 8,Milicic 13, Aleksandrov 14, Rasic 3, Tepic 5, Gurovic 23



First game of the day : Slovenia - Greece 65-54


Standings:


1/Slovenia 1-0 (+11)

2/France 1-0 (+6)

3/Serbia 0-1 (-6)

4/Greece 0-1 (-11)



ProA : Jeff Horner tested by Paris -by Aurelien Hipp
*Paris is only looking for a PG to complete an interesting roster for next season. Jeff Horner (191-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Iowa) will stay 2 weeks with the team in...Italy, since coach Zouros decided to prepare 2 weeks outside France, so that the players could stay 2 complete weeks together. Horner played with new parisian player Kelvin Torbert in Bree, posting 9.7ppg 4.1rpg 3.1apg in Belgium.

Pro B : Kenny Younger signs for Poitiers -by Aurelien Hipp
*After having been in contact with Nanterre, Kenny Younger (203-F-77, agency: Warren Sports, college: Houston) will finaly play for Poitiers, after Nanterre has decided not to sign the player. Younger, who will arrive in Poitiers on the 22nd of August, posted 16.5ppg 7.2rpg 2.2apg with Brest last season.

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GERMANY

Germany defeats Slovakia and is facing China on Friday -by Moritz Korff
The German National Team stayed victorious in the second game within two days in Vienna and defeated Slovakia 70:64. "Bundestrainer" Dirk Bauermann decided to do without Ademola Okulaja, who had scored 25 versus Austria the days before, Team Captain Patrick Femerling, Steffen Hamann, Demond Greene and Misan Nikagbatse as well as Dirk Nowitzki who will join next week. Instead, a couple of young players took over and got the chance to prove themselves trying to secure a spot on the final roster for the EURO. Especially big man Kirsten Zoellner (216-C-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albany) used his very first appearance on the National Team to make some noise and to left his marks in Bauermann's notebook. The Frankfurt-center chipped in 11 points. Johannes Herber (197-G-83, college: W.Virginia), who didn't see action in yesterdays encounter either, led the Germans with 16 points, also Sven Schultze (208-C-78, agency: Court Side) scored in double digits and had 12 points.
After hard work in Mallorca and two friendly games in Vienna, the Germans will now get a little breather and take three days off, before meeting again in Hamburg where China with Yao Ming will be waiting on Friday.

Germany: Johannes Herber (16 pts), Sven Schultze (12), Kirsten Zoellner (11), Stefano Garris (9), Guido Gruenheid (8), Pascal Roller (6), Jan-Hendrik Jagla (4), Robert Garrett (2), Mithat Demirel (2), Julian Sensley.


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GREECE

UMCOR European Championship U19 - Semi Finals: Greece - Lithuania 86-78 -by Chris Mammides

WAOO what a game by Koufos!!!!

The second semi-final (in the first Serbia beat Latvia and qualified in the finals) begun with two teams being aggressive in the quart and mostly with inside game from the young Hellenes (Konstantinos Koufos (216-C-89) scored 10 points) and peripheral game from Lithuanians the score was very close as it ended up with a basket difference for the Greeks (21-19)
In the second half though, the Hellenic team speed up and already in the half time had a difference of 10 points 46-36 with Konstantinos Konstantinos Koufos scoring in 20 minutes, 21 points with 65% in the two pointers, 10 rebounds, 5 block shots and 1 steal, while Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) scored 11 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in less than 17 minutes. The difference in the score went up to the 16 points 2.10' before the end of the half time (44-28) when Giannopoulos scored a three pointer and one out of two free throws before the Lithuanians with Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-F-89) (9 points and 3 rebounds in less than 18 minutes) and Janavicius scored 6 unanswered points minimising the deficit to ten!
In the third and most crucial quarter the Lithuanians played it all, their defensive system changed by their head coach and their peripheral game became an inside game, they changed their percentage from the charity line as they only had 40% in the fist half with 4/10 and with Cepukaitis controlling the rebounding area and scoring at the same time first they minimised the deficit to 5 and then with a three pointer from Adas Juskevicius (193-G/F-89) made the score 46-44, 8.05' before the end, which meant an outscore for the Lithuanians (in 5 minutes) 16-4!!
The game became derby again and there was not an advantage for the Hellenes as Konstantinos Koufos lost truck with the basket while at the same time the Lithuanians with Vytenis Lipkevicius in a great day, were shooting all over. The third quarter finished with 64-64 but it was obvious that the game would have been dramatic until the final second. The Greek team had in a great day Konstantinos Koufos but unfortunately for them other player than Nikolaos Pappas was not a real danger for the Lithuanians as Giannopoulos and Ioakeimidis were in a bad day. Never the less, the fourth quarter begun with both sides shooting each other with great percentages, the Lithuanians had always the upper hand even with the slightest difference, 4.30' before the end the score became 75-74 with Konstantinos Koufos scoring 37 points, 19 rebounds and 7 block shots!!
The game was really very big, if you didn't knew you could easily say that the players in the court were not U19 but real men, with one on one fights, strong defence, very good strategic moves from both coaches and some of the future superstars of the European and American courts such us Vytenis Lipkevicius, Adas Juskevicius, Pappas and of-course Konstantinos Koufos, the 18 years old superstar is ready to play a real basketball in a real court!
2.07' before the end and with the score being 79-76, Matalon lost another three pointer (his fifth one) and the ball rebounded by the Lithuanians who earned a none shooting foul and Janavicius instead of pass the ball to the “hot” Vytenis Lipkevicius made a false ball in which Matalon corrected his previous missed ball by scoring with a jump shot making the score 81-76 and giving a short breath to the Hellenic team. The score 1.10' before the end was 84-76 with the free throws scored by Pappas from the foul committed by Motiejunas. The psychology was with the Greeks now as the end was close and the deficit of the 8 points looked quite big for the Lithuanians who never give up and with a lay-up of Janavicius brought it into six but it was too late as Konstantinos Koufos finished the game with his twentieth rebound!!
Top scorer of the game was Konstantinos Koufos with his new career high with the NT's jersey finishing the game with 37 points, 20 rebounds and 6 block shots followed by the amazing, for another game, Nikolaos Pappas who scored 19 points, dashed down 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals! It is worth mentioend the 1/15 three poiners for the Greek team and the 10/31 three pointers for the Lithuanians!
The final game is Greece - Serbia the best teams in this championship, while for the third and fourth position there will be a Baltic derby as Latvia will face Lithuania.



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GUYANA

Bahamas edge Guyana to finish at the second spot in Group A -by Eurobasket News
Bahamas - Guyana 91:79
Bahamas edged Guyana and climbed to the second spot in Group A. This means they became the second semifinal participant from Group A. Bahamas needed to overcome a slow start of the game as they trailed 16:26 after the opening frame. However they managed to cut the deficit to 5 points at halftime 35:40. The teams entered the final stanza all square as Bahamas closed the gap in the third frame. Guyana were out of rhythm and could not stop Bahamas en route to important victory. Quentin Hall (174-G-77, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga) produced 18 points and 7 assists for Bahamas. Jaraun Burrows (203-C, college: Volunteer St. CC) added 15 points for the winners. Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) chipped in game-high 24 points for Guyana. Michael Creepy secured another 24 points in defeat.

Bahamas: Quentin Hall 18+7 assists, Jaraun Burrows 15
Guyana: Gordon Klaiber 24, Michael Creepy 24


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HOLLAND

Hanzevast Capitals sign Ian Hanavan -by Fred Roggen
Hanzevast Capitals signed powerforward Ian Hanavan (200-F/C-80, agency: Court Side, college: Evansville). Hanavan played the last three seasons for Passe-Partout Leuven (Bel).

Coach Pep Claros over Ian Hanavan: Is a 4 guy who plays intense on defense and can score in different ways. Most of his stats come from his particular way of play: 100% activity. He knows the leaque and because of his versatility he can play with al the other inside players from our team.


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HUNGARY

Falco KC: one more import player! -by Tamas Deri
We just found on the website of his agency that Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) will be the new small forward of FALCO KC Szombathely! The 27years old forward played last season in Sarajevo for Bosna and averaged 6.9ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 80.8% in 12 games of the Adriatic League. In December he left and played for APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus for the rest of season!
He has also Euroleague experience as he played 15 games with Prokom Sopot in the season 2004-05 and put up good numbers like 5.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 61.5%, 3FGP: 22.5%.


Hungarian National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
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Kaman


Nemeth
4 Balazs Simon (188-G-80) of Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar
5 Roland Hendlein (201-F-86) of Klima-Vill Kaposvar SE
6 Marton Bader (212-F/C-80) of Panellinios Athens (GRE)
7 Krisztian Wittmann (184-G-85) of Pecs EXPO Panthers
8 Marton Fodor (191-G-81) of BC Lami-Ved Kormend
9 Laszlo Czigler (215-C-71) of Atomeromu SE Paks
10 Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) of MOL Szolnoki Olajbanyasz
11 Tamas Kaman (200-F-79) of ZTE KK
12 Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) of Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar
13 Csaba Ferencz (192-G-85) of BC Lami-Ved Kormend
14 Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79) of PAOK Marfin Thessaloniki (GRE)
15 Istvan Nemeth (189-G-79) of Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad (SRB)


Our national team lost in Bulgaria! -by Tamas Deri
Last night the hungarian national team played the first qualification game for the EC 2008 in Sophia, Bulgaria!
It was a very close game, 70 seconds before the end Dejan Ivanov tied the game with his free throws: 72-72. 15 seconds before the end the score was 74-72 for Bulgaria and head coach Ivkovic took a time-out. Simon got fouled and got two free throws, but missed both of them. After the second shoot our forward Roland Hendlein grabbed the rebound, got fouled so our team a great chance to tie the game. But even him could not make them under the pressure, and with a three pointer of Varbanov in the last second Bulgaria beat us by 5 points!

BULGARIA - HUNGARY 79-74
(23-27, 27-14, 6-19, 23-14)
Sophia, Universiade Arena, Att.: 3000
Referees: Shemmesh (Israel), Kennerman (Turkey), Zlatevszki (Macedonia)
BULGARIA: Velikov, Bozov 3, Sztojkov 15/3, D. IVANOV 17/6, Varbanov 3, K. IVANOV 13/3, Banev 6, BLAKNEY 10/6, Angelov 6, Georgiev, Kosztov 3, Dimitrov 3, Head coach: Konsztantin Papazov
HUNGARY: Simon B. 7/3, Istvan Nemeth (189-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 18/12, Kaman 3/3, Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 22, Czigler 6, Zoltan Bencze (213-C-81) 10, Ferencz 2, Wittmann 2, Horvath Z., Hendlein 4, Molnar A., Head coach: Stojan Ivkovic, Assistant coach: Poor Peter


Mujanovic retired! -by Tamas Deri
Samir Mujanovic (206-C/F-66), the 41years old veteran forward decided not to play one more season with the team of Kormend!
He just started to practice this week with the team, but his back still hurts. He had a bad injury in February 2007 and had to miss a couple of games during the last season! He had a rehab during this summer but it seems that could not help to make fit his not young body again!
We wish him all the best in his private life and will never forget his amazing 3pointers he shot in the jerseys of Kormend, Falco KC and Zalaegerszeg during the 11 years he spent on the hungarian courts!


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ISRAEL

Another win for Israel NT -by Elad Zeevi
Israel NT got their second win in the current campaign, 81-73 over Ukraine in Nokia Hall. just like the previous game against Denmark on wednesday, a strong fourth-quarter was enough to grabb the win. this upcoming wednesday, Belgium will come visit, and Israel will have to be focused during the entire 40 minutes.
Israel started strong, as Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) & Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) were the executers on offense, as well as Ido Koziaro. On defence, Israel was able to stop the Ukraine players, who suffered from low percentage from downtown. at the end of the first half, it was Israel who led 42-32.
The third quarter was a very poor defensive display by Israel, while the Ukraine NT scored 25 points during this period, and cutt the Israeli lead to one point after 30 minutes of play. Lucky for Israel, Yotam Yotam Halperin & Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) took over the game in the last quarter, to give their team the important win.
Lior Eliyahu finished the game with 20 points, Yotam Halperin finished with 18 points, and Yaniv Green added 16 & 8 rebounds.


Israeli National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
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4 Dror Hagag (178-G-78) of Hapoel Jerusalem
5 Moran Roth (178-G-82) of Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan
6 Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) of Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv
7 Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) of Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv
8 Erez Markovich (208-C-78) of Hapoel Jerusalem
9 Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76) of Proteas EKA AEL Limassol (CYP)
10 Guy Pniny (201-F-83) of Hapoel Jerusalem
11 Meir Tapiro (194-G-75) of Bnei Hasharon
12 Matan Naor (194-F-80) of Hapoel Ironi Nahariya
13 Ido Kozikaro (202-F/C-78) of Hapoel Ironi Nahariya
14 Yaniv Green (206-F-80) of CSK VVS Samara (RUS)

15 Amit Tamir (208-C-79) of AEL 1964 (GRE)


Israel rolls over Australia to a perfect 2-0 record -by Eurobasket News
Israel - Australia 74:62
Israeli University team posted another victory at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. They defeated Australian students' team 74:62 to improve to 2-0 record. Israel thus occupied the top spot in Pool H and will now face New Zealand in the next round of competition. Australia meanwhile completed the preliminary round winless and will battle against Angola tomorrow.
Israel dominated the game right from the start and led 16:11 after the opening frame. Australia managed to cut the deficit by one points and trailed 26:30 at halftime. However it was as close as Aussies could get. Israel steadily enlarged the gap and entered the final stanza ahead by 9 points 49:40. Australia tried to play an aggressive basketball in the last part of the encounter but Israeli players easily matched the rhythm and came out as winners.
Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) led Israel with 16 points. Jonatan Nir (202-F-86) contributed 12 points for the winners. Aron Baynes (208-C-86) and Carlin Hughes (185-G) produced 14 points apiece for Australia. Luke Cooper added 6 points in a losing case.
Israel converted 44% from the field, while Aussies responded with 32% accuracy. Australia though managed to outrebound their opponents 35:24.

Israel: Anton Kazarnovski 16, Jonatan Nir 12
Australia: Aron Baynes 14, Carlin Hughes 14


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ITALY

Financial troubles at Capo d'Orlando? -by Maxime Weber
We correspondents have learned that final 2006-07 salary checks issued to many players by Upea Capo D'Orlando have been refused by the club's bank. Club still owes salaries from 2006/2007 season to many players and it is rumored that players are in the process of filing civil complaints and with the Lega. Could the club's situation for 2007-08 be in jeopardy?

Market news -by Gianni Pascucci
Otherwise than previously posted, Melvin Booker (185-G-72, college: Missouri) decided not to join Virtus Bologna. The team is now pointing on Scoonie Penn or Will Conroy. Premiata Montegranaro completed the roster signing Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: David Lee services, college: Clemson). In Lega 2, Ignis Draghi Novara inked Panamanian Jaime Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: LSU), and Pepsi Caserta agreed to terms with Arthur Johnson (206-C/F-81, college: Missouri). Prima Veroli made another great signing, agreeing terms with Keith Carter (194-G-76, college: Mississippi), last season at Varese.

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KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan loses second straight game in Bangkok -by Eurobasket News
Kazakhstan - Germany 49:89
Kazakhstan were not able to deliver in the second round of action in Pool F. They were beaten by Germany to fall to 0-2 record at the bottom of the ladder. Germany meanwhile occupied the top spot in Group F. They will now play versus Ukraine in the qualifying round. Kazakhstan faces Czech Republic tomorrow.
Kazakhstan started the game confidently and led 11:10 after the opening frame. However German team quickly rebounded and rolled to a stunning 33:12 advantage in the second quarter. Kazakhstan struggled to stop their opponents after the break and European team extended the gap to 67:32 at the start of the fourth quarter. Kazakh could not match the tempo and lost the final stanza 17:22 suffering another defeat at the tournament.
Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) secured game-high 18 points and 6 boards for Germany. Jermain Raffington (205-C/F-85, college: Southeastern CC) added 12 points and 10 boards for the winners. Kazakhstan responded with 16 points from Roman Maravyov. Rustam Yargaliyev (195-F-86) and Mikhail Yevstigneyev (198-F-84) provided 8 points each in a losing clause.
Kazakhstan lost the battle in the paint as they were outrebounded by Germany 28:46. Kazakh players converted 32% from the field and 52% from free throw line, while Germany shot 46% of field goals and had 74% accuracy from charity stripe.

Kazakhstan: Roman Maravyov 16, Rustam Yargaliyev 8, Mikhail Yevstigneyev 8
Germany: Yassin Idbihi 18, Jermain Raffington 12+10 boards


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KOSOVO

Nedjad Spahic signed for IR, whereas Florian Miftari was very close! -by Ramadan Gagica

Prishtinë,
01:01 PM

The interest for Kosovar players is getting bigger and bigger every day, especially in Iceland, thanks to the last year's wonderful performance of Edmond Azemi (201-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) in KR, where he was the hero of final play-off game.

KR coach, Benedikt Guðmundsson informed us that Nedzad Spahic (211-C-75, agency: Global Sports Plaza) has signed a contract in Iceland with IR. Additionally, he also informed us that Florian Miftari (204-G/F-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) was very close signing with a club in Iceland but decided on the last minute not to go.



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LITHUANIA

Lithuania - Serbia Match Protested By Spaniards -by Simas Baranauskas
Spanish Basketball Federation decided to protest the result Lithuania - Serbia match, which Lithuania U-18 won 75:71. The victory guaranteed a semifinal place for Lithuania, while the Spanish U-18 team will have to satisfy with fights for 5-8 places.
The Spanish Basketball Federation claimed that the ending of the game was decided before it started and demand to cancel the result.


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LUXEMBOURG

Frank Phillips new import player for Amicale! Will Brand signs with Residence! -by Neil Lifeson

I am glad to be back after taking a little break from Eurobasket Luxembourg. I had a nice vacation and was able to spend some quality time with family. I hope all of you readers, coaches and players had a great summer and off-season break too. Its time to start talking about the upcoming season and let you know about a few new faces of players and coaches in Luxembourg and keep you posted on just what is goin' on.

Alex Kreps has done a marvelous job covering the National team, the Under 18 as well as covering the LuxBasket Free agent camp situation here in Luxembourg last month. My hat would go off to him if i was wearing one, but i am not so forget that. You go Kreps! Here's some news from Luxembourg's DBBL:


Amicale Steinsel has their import for 2007-08. The 23 year old 1'95" forwards name is Frank Phillips (193-F-84, college: Findlay (OH)) (193-F-84, college: Findlay (OH)) of the University of Findlay (OH)), (NCAA2). The 2007 graduate averaged 13.4 ppg and took 4.2 rpg. Since March of 2007 he has been with the Grand Rapids Flight in the IBL. Phillips had a great four years at Findlay where received the following awards and honors:
GLIAC All-Defensive Team -04, 05; GLIAC Tournament MVP -05; All-GLIAC 2nd Team -05; All-GLIAC South Division 1st Team -06; GLIAC South Division Regular Season Champion -06; GLIAC; Tournament Semifinals -06; All-State 3rd Team -07; All-GLIAC Player of the Year -07 & NABC All-American -07


The 1'97" / 100kg forward Will Brand (196-F-80, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Albany)(NCAA 1) is the new import for Residence and Coach Kevin Magdowski . The 27 year old hails from Ohio and last played for Mitteldeutscher BC in Germany's 2nd Bundesliga. Let' take a closer look at Brand's profile:


Career:
Charles F. Brush/Richmond Heights, Ohio
2000-2001: Albany (NCAA): 14ppg, ConfReb-3(6.9), 2.3apg
2001-2002: Albany (NCAA): 28 games: 10.3 ppg 5.2 rpg 1.9 apg
2002: Drafted by Glens Falls Adirondack Wildcats (USBL,8rd(76))
2002: Adirondack Wildcats (USBL): 2 games: 5.0ppg, 1spg
02/03 AMT Basketball League in Twinsburg, Ohio (Darko Team)
2004: Jackson Rage (WBA): 14 games: 8.6ppg, 4.0rpg
2004-2005: In Feb.'05 signed at Wolfenbuettel Dukes (GER-2.Bundesliga): 10 games: 20.5ppg, 8.9rpg, 3.4apg, 1.6spg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 56.7%, 3FGP: 51.6%, FT: 76.5%
2005-2006: Mitteldeutscher BC (GER-2.Bundesliga,1T): 10 games: 12.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3FGP: 30.3%, FT: 75.0%
2006-2007: Mitteldeutscher BC (GER-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: 11.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 34.5%, FT: 64.6%


Awards/Achievements:
All-AEC 3rd Team -02
WBA Regular Season Champion -04
WBA Finalist -04
Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -05
German 2.Bundesliga (Group North) Runner-Up -06

Come back and visit soon and we will give you the new schedule for the upcoming DBBL 2007-08 season and have some interviews with new players and coaches as well as keeping you posted on where former Luxembourg players and coaches are now. See ya soon!




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MEXICO

Mexican National team prepares for Tijuana -by Michael Harris

August 12, 2007

The Mexican National team will play Tijuana Galgos Monday August 13, 2007 in Tijuana. One of the Galgos keys players will be LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands). Hickerson is coming off of a stellar season, averging 26.0 PPG and 7.0 RPG. He made a major impact in the CIBA COPA Championship last season.


Mexico beats New Mexico All Stars. -by Charles Elwes

The national team of Mexico beat the New Mexico
All stars last nigth in El Paso Texas at the
Don Haskins Center in front of a crowd of
4,000 fans some came from Cd.Juarez and others

were from El Paso but mexican fans where there.

The final score was 116 - 87.

Nolan Richardson said finished the game in his hometown

"The first half we got after it," "The third quarter wasn't very pretty.

We tried working on our match-up defense,

and that takes the pressure off a little, l

eaves us in a more relaxed state.

But we got it back.

"We're not a team of precision. We're a team of spurts.

All my teams have been.

That's the style of basketball we play, a style of runs. We might get 22 on you."

The leader for New Mexico All Stars was ex New Mexico State aggie

David Fisher (198-F) with 18 pts .

For the National team of Mexico was

Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: UNLV) with 21 pts .

New Mexico All Stars made a late run in the third quater cutting the lead

of Mexico 70 - 62 but sharpe shooter

Anthony Lever-Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) hit a pair

of nice jumpers to give the lead to Mexico 75 -62. And all the rest of the game was

for Team Mexico. Today Mexico will take the day off in El Paso Texas , and

tomorrow will fly to Tijuana , to face the Galgos of Tijuana.



Auburn University Head Coach Jeff Lebo describes play vs Pioneros productive -by Michael Harris

August 12, 2007

Cancun - Auburn University Head Coach Jeff Lebo is very pleased with the competition in Cancun vs Pioneros de Quintana Roo. "Playing in Cancun has been productive for our team because it presents a different environment" said Lebo. "Our guys have been able to stay focused and have adapted to the heat". The Tigers were forced to adjust their line up due to the injury of their star point guard. Coach Lebo had high praises for Bobby Cullom after the 106-73 victory Thursday night. "Cullom is an excellent shooter and one of their key players".


Mexico gets beaten by Serbia in Bangkok -by Eurobasket News
Mexico - Serbia 75:95
Mexican team was not able to succeed in the second game at the Unievrsiade. They had to surrender to Serbia in the second round of action in Pool D. Mexico fell to 1-1 record and finished the prelimianary round at the second spot in Group D. They will now face Russia in the qualifying round tomorrow. Serbia is scheduled to play against Finland.
Serbian players got to a better start as they overcame their Mexican counterparts 19:14 in the first frame. Mexico were not solid defensively and allowed Serbia to pour in another 30 points in the second quarter. European team enjoyed a 49:34 advantage at halftime and and never gave it up in the second half. The game was pretty close after the break but Sebian squad still managed to narrowly defeat Latin Americans in the third and fourth frames. Six Serbian players scored in double digits. Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) provided 16 points for them. Vladan Vukosauyevie and Marko Simonovic (203-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points apiece in a win. Joel Reynoso (190-G) answered with game-high 17 points for Mexico. Julio Martin had 14 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.
Mexico shot more accurately from the field knocking down 50% comparing to 43% from Serbia. However Mexican team allowed their opponents to pull down 19 offensive rebounds and committed 28 turnovers.

Mexico: Joel Reynoso 17, Julio Martin 14
Serbia: Vukasin Aleksic 16, Vladan Vukosauyevie 14, Marko Simonovic 14


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MONTENEGRO

Petar Jovanovic extend contract with BC Lovcen -by Dragan Scepanovic
Petar Jovanovic (192-G/F-80) capiten of BC Lovcen singed new one year contract with BC Lovcen.Jovanovic in last season play 33 games: 14.5ppg,3.54apg.

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NCAA

USA dismantles Angola for the first win in Bangkok -by Eurobasket News
USA - Angola 84:26
USA team rebounded after a stunning loss to Lithuania at the start of the Univerisade in Thailand. They thrashed Angola in the second encounter in Pool B yesterday and improved to 1-1 record. United States will now face Turkey in the qualifying round of the tournament tomorrow. Angola suffered their second straight defeat and plays against Australia.
USA team set the right tone early in this one as they rallied past African team 23:5 in the opening frame. The gap reached a 41:11 mark at halftime and the task was fulfilled. United States coach Benjamin Jacobson let the bench players log more minutes. They though never allowed Angola to come closer and limited them to only 5 points in the third quarter piling up a massive 65:16 lead. United States proved the difference also in the fourth frame as they outscored Angola 19:10 and celebrated an easy victory.
Jordan Egiseder led the action with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Jared Josten (5'11''-G-84) provided 13 points in a win. Wilson Joao was the only player to score in double figures for Angola. He netted 12 points and collected 6 boards. Andre Goncalo (6'5''-F-87) scored 5 points in a losing case.
USA shot 55% from the field and pulled down 48 rebounds. Angola hit just 13% of field goals and 37% from free throw line.

USA: Jordan Egiseder 16+12 boards, Jared Josten 13
Angola: Wilson Joao 12, Andre Goncalo 5


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NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand secures the win against Thailand -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Thailand 108:73
New Zealand delivered the winning result in their second encounter at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. In a must-win game they crashed hosting Thailand 108:73 to improve to 1-1 record. Emerging Tall Blacks will now face Israel in the qualifying round tomorrow. Thailand takes on South Africa earlier the same day.
New Zealand got to flying start as they outscored their opponents 24:12 in the first frame. The home side tried to stay at a striking distance throughout the second quarter and trailed 28:41 at halftime. Thailand cut the deficit by 4 points in the third frame to come within 9 at the start of the final stanza 54:63. But Emerging Tall Blacks were unstoppable in the fourth quarter as they nailed 45 points to leave Thailand far behind and posted their first victory at the tournament.
Everald Bartlett (191-G-86) led the action with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Callum MacLeod (216-C-84, college: Gonzaga) contributed 18 points for Kiwis. Thailand were paced by 18 points from Jakkrapan Silapapitat and Chaiwat Kaedum. Ratdech Kruatiwa added 13 points and 6 boards in a losing clause.
New Zealand players dominated the boards 50:22 and forced hosts to 27 turnovers. They also converted solid 49% from the field, while Thailand shot 44% of field goals and just 28% from free throw line.

New Zealand: Everald Bartlett 22, Callum MacLeod 18
Thailand: Jakkrapan Silapapitat 18, Chaiwat Kaedum 18


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NIGERIA

CAN '07: Nigeria storm Angola Monday -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria Senior Men National Team, D'Tigers will jet out to Angola venue of the 24th FIBA Africa Championship (African Cup of Nations) starting Wednesday with host taking on minow Rwanda in the opening game at the 6,873 capacity Cidadela Pavilion in Luanda.

Nigeria, Africa's second most ranked team is drawn in group-C alongside Central Africa Republic, DR Congo and Liberia in the city of Huambo which use to be the most populated Province in Angola before the break out of civil war which ravaged the Southern Africa country for several years.

Nigeria will play her first group game against Liberia on Friday, August 17, the team whose list remain unknown will battle its toughest opponent in the group, Central Africa Republic on August 18 and round-off the battle for a quarter-final ticket against DR Congo on Sunday, August 19.

Revealing the departure date of the team Saturday, Francis Gbiri, the Secretary General of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF says arrangement have been concluded to have the team jet out on Monday so as to have enough time to rest before its first game.

The federation it was gathered has been at logger head with the nation's apex sports decision making organ, the National Sports Commission, NSC over the release of fund for the championship which serves as 2008 Beijing Olympics qualifiers.

A top member of the NBBF who did not want his name in print confirm late Friday that the NSC has finally succumbed to the federation demand by agreeing to release the necessary fund for the team to take part of the championship and avoid being sanctioned by bthe continental (FIBA Africa) and the world (FIBA) basketball ruling bodies which is $25, 000 fine and a possible ban of four years.

The board, however, decried the situation whereby the NSC is not committed to the development and support for other sports in Nigeria other than football by leaving the activities of attending international sporting events to the sole responsibility of the federations which run against the spirit of equity, justice and fair play.

The annonymous member cited the hosting of the 19th FIBA Africa Championship for Women by Nigeria which was solely executed by the NBBF without any financial or material support from the then Federal Ministry of Sports and Social Development.

All the group:

Group-A - Benguela
Angola
Cape Verde
Rwanda
Morocco

Group-B - Lubango
Senegal
Cote d'Ivoire
Mali
Egypt

Group-C - Huambo
Nigeria
Central Africa
Liberia
DR Congo

Group-D - Cabinda
Mozambique
Tunisia
Cameroon
South Africa
Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.)


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PHILIPPINES

17 year-old giant Jerico De Guzman, urban legend no more! -by Hector Santos
17 year-old giant Jerico De Guzman, urban legend no more!

This is the clamor among the Filipino forumers in an international basketball forum website after seeing on the related forum thread the picture of the said young giant along with Japeth Aguilar's father.

The picture was posted by a forumer named “Dinamita” and added that he found the picture in Japeth Aguillar's friendster account.

Forumer named “Bolabasket” even quoted that “he looks like a Pinoy version of Wang Zhizhi”

Some of the forumers even mentioned that they experience seeing Jerico personally and they can vouch for the validity of the said young giant.

It can also be recalled that Jerico also tried out for Western Kentucky University, where Japeth will play this season.

For those who just first encounter the identity of this young giant, Jerico, who played highschool basketball in Angeles University Foundation is currently finding basketball scholarship in the US for possible stint in an US-NCAA Division 1 or 2 school.

During Jerico's highschool years, there was a talk that former UST Growling Tigers head coach, Aric Del Rosario, was interested in Jerico to play for UST.

Some forumers said that Jerico may be at least 7 foot. Others said that he may be just 6-8 to 6-10 in height, though, still growing.

But nevertheless, the influx of young giants like 19 year-old 6'11 Gregory Slaughter, Gian Chu etc. serves that RP's basketball future is in good shape and gives hope to the Philippine basketball believers.

It will be just a matter of basketball program on how these people can be used to their full potentials.


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PORTUGAL

European U-18 ,Portugal60 - Slovakia 64 -by Bruno Baltazar
Without Jose Silva and Joao Soares their top scores ,Portugal in the European U-18 division B in Sofia,Bulgaria lost to Slovakia 64-60Portugal.
Portugal with this loss will now play for the 11th place against Norway that lost 65-56 against Finland.
Both players struggle in their field goals specialy in the 3 point shots at the end of the 1st quarter it was a tie at 12 points.
In the second quarter it was a close game ,leading 19-17 for Portugal but Slovakia got a partial of 10-0 at the half Portugal was behind by 9 points difference,3rd quarter Portugal got the lead 41-39 till the end of 3rd quarter a result of 41-42 for Slovakia.
Claudio Fonseca got 18 points and 16 rebounds and now for sure he will end this tournament as the best rebounder .
4rd quater and Portugal got 2 ties but at the end Slovakia was stronger.

Portugal - Slovakia quarter by quarter scorer - 12-12, 9-18, 20-12, 19-22



Jose Silva and Joao Soares out for the last games in European U-18 -by Bruno Baltazar
Both players are out for the last 2 Portugal games in European U-18 division B in Sofia ,Bulgaria.
In declaration to ressalto.com vice president of portuguese federation Jorge Reis conformied both players are with cold and wont play in the last games.
Jose Silva from Barreirense allready missed 4 previous games,he was 1 of the best players for Portugal with 18 points and 4.5 rebounds in the 2 games he played.
Joao Soares from Ovarense was having avereges of 14.8 points and 6.2 rebounds ,this 2 important players will be missed in the last games as in total in points both make 33 points of portuguese points.
Portugal won the group H will now play this saturday against Slovakia and will face either Finland or Norway.


Miguel Minhava goes to Spain -by Bruno Baltazar
Miguel Minhava the portuguese player that played in Benfica last season goes to CB L´Hospitalet that playes in LEB OURO joining to some others portugues players that will compete on this competition next year .
Last year in Benfica he averaged 10.5 points ,5.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds.


Portugal coach speaks about Eurobasket secrects to win -by Bruno Baltazar
Melnychuk said to the spanish press that defense,union of the group and intelengence will be the more important keys in Eurobasket for Portugal win games considering Spain as the favorite to win the gold.
He added ´´we don´t have stars on our team ,we not that tall so its all about defense,union ,intelengence and entusiasm,we dont have any international experience at all ,they much taller then we are ,so thats the keys to win against more experience teams in the tournament.
Our goal is to represent Portugal with dignity and if its possible be in 2nd pahse of competition ,for that we have to win 1 game.Spain is the world champion,Croatia was second in the Olimpic Games with NBA and ACB players and Letonia with a great basketball tradition ,with Andris Biedrins player of the Golden State Warriors of NBA.
Also for Melnychuk the favorites are Spain that will deal with pressure but have a great team and Greece,France,Germany,Turqy,italy,Serbia,Croatia and Russia.


Jose Costa and Nuno Cortez are of of portuguese team for Eurobasket -by Bruno Baltazar
Jose Costa and Nuno Cortez had been excused today from portuguese team that prepares the participation in the Eurobasket'2007 in Seville in the next month of September.
Of an initial list of 16 players with Jose Costa and Nuno Cortez, and them being dismissed from the team right now the portuguese coach just need to decide only who will be the last one to be excluded. The choice will be made between Joao "Betinho" Gomes and Carlos Andrade, since both are naturalized and alone one will be able to be in the final list.
In case that no unexpected injury of last hour does not happen, it has already eleven confirmed names: Fiilpe Da Silva, Miguel Minhava, Mario Fernandes, Pablo Cunha, Pablo Simao, Joao Santos, Sergio Ramos, Jorge Coelho, Elvis Evora, Miguel Miranda and Francisco Jordao. The Portuguese team travels monday for Spain, where it confrots the current world champion in Tuesday.
Later, it will participate in the matches of Paris and Bamberg, in Germany, before the final choice being made in day 27 of August. It has been remembered that Portugal integrates group B with Spain, Croatia and Letonia.




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PUERTO RICO

Hasta.....Lo Boricua, siempre!!! Puerto Rico-Cuba 89-68 -by Alessandro Fontana
Puerto Rico wins the game against Cuba 89-68 and Our Boricua qualify for the semifinals. Next game will be Puerto Rico against Bahamas and the winner will go to the final against probably Dominican Republic or Cuba.
It was an exciting game, very hard, both teams played with "garra" and showed their great talent. Puerto Rico began good but Cuba could always answer at the puertorican breaks.
The first two quarters were spectacular and at the end of the second quarter the result was 41-40 for Puerto Rico. Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) scored 3pts at the end of the quarter.
In the third quarter Puerto Rico began very good with a big quarter of Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) and "El Magnifico" Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.)and the game became strictly in the hands of The Boricuas. (70-57 Puerto Rico)
The last quarter was a Puerto Rican show for the joy of the aficionados.
The best scorer was Carmelo Lee with 19 points. Cuba played a good game but they could not contrast for forty minutes the power of Puerto Rico. The best scorer was Silvestre with 20pts (12reb)

Puerto Rico-Cuba= 98-68
PR= Carmelo Lee 19, Carlos Arroyo 13, Jose Juan Barea 13, Peter J. Ramos 13, Angelo Reyes 13
CU= Silvestre 20, Jemmott 10, Perez 9.

A big thanks for the puerto rican aficionados, the Coliseo Hector Sola Bezares in Caguas was totally full.

A. Fontana


Puertoricando....news and rumors -by Alessandro Fontana
The ACB Spanish Team Fuenlabrada signs for two seasons our "Snoop Dog" Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) a big young talent Boricua.
Peter John Ramos is 22 years old and with his 2,21 meters will be one of the tallest player for the next ACB.
He played last season for Criollos de Caguas with 16,2 pts and 11,2reb (55%2pts). Peter Ramos is a geat rebounder and scorer, He was one of the most important BIG MAN of the last BSN.
He will reach in Spain another boricua Daniel Santiago (Unicaja Malaga).

Ivan Lopez (208-C-85, college: Memphis) goes to Dominican Republic. The center will play next year for Puerto Plata. Last season He played a good season with Vaqueros Bayamon (9,4pts+7,3reb+46%2pts in 24 games).

A la proxima

A. Fontana


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ROMANIA

About - Jujuan Cooley -by Bogdan Bocaniala

We are glad that we can give you all the opportunity to know more about JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, college: Indiana Tech) Muresul Tirgu Mures PG.

1. Describe your self in few words the player/ and the man.

As a player and a man, I believe fully in myself and think that i can do anything i set my mind to..I always work my hardest to become a better player and man at all times, because at the end of the day i want to be the best man and player that i can possibly be..

2. Which is your preferred movie? and why?

I have so many favorite movies, i really like watching comedy films, some that stick out Friday After Next and All About The Benjamins..But i also like Training Day, Remember The Titans and Out of Time because i think Denzel Washington is a great actor..

3. What music you prefer?(name some bands)

My favorite music type would have to be rap..Some of the artists that are always playing in my Ipod is Lil Wayne, T.I., Jay-Z, 2Pac and Young Jeezy!!!! But Im open to all kinds of music as long as the beat is cool...

4. Your preferred book?

My favorite book until now would have to be The Purpose Driven Life, which just states that everyone is put here on earth for a reason and we need to find out what that reason is...

5. Your motto in life?

My motto in life is to live everyday to the fullest, because tomorrow isnt promised..

6. Your model in sport?

A person/role model that i look up to in sports would have to be my favorite player Allen Iverson (184-G-75, college: Georgetown). I think we have similiarities in our game..We both play with our hearts and have a great passion for the game, we never back down and we always feel that we can help our team win no matter who the opponent is..But like the old saying goes "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."

7. What can you say about Romanian Basketball after you spent one year playing for Muresul Tirgu Mures? what you like about Muresul Tirgu Mures and why?

Romanian basketball has pretty stiff competition and it seems to be growing..I think that this season coming up the league will be even stronger with each team getting better players..and as players from all around the world recognize that the level of play in Romania is good, more will decide to play there..For romania to be considered in the same class as some of the other top leagues in Europe, everyone has to be on the same page..All the rules that are set, need to be followed and enforced.. I think that the motto that started during the second half of the season for us was "FAIR PLAY", and if everyone that is involved with romanian basketball lives by this motto, things will get better every year..

I like a lot of things about Muresul Tirgu Mures..one thing is the fan support, i believe that we have the best fan support in Romania(along with Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca and CSU Atlassib Sibiu) because every game that we have is sold out, with even more fans on the outside enjoying our game, that kind of support really makes us appreciate playing for our fans..I also like the fact that everything is done the "right way" from payments being on time every month down to the treatment of the players by coach mihai and the managment..No one person is more important to the team than any other person..I could go on all day about the positives of Mures but im not writing a book.. :)


8. What do you think about Romania generally with out thinking about basketball?

I never really thought about Romania at all until they were on my list of countries that I had an oppurtunity to play in.. So I didnt know really anything at all about Romania, except for the fact that "Dracula" was from here, and that the nba player Gheorghe Muresan (230-C-71) was from there..

9. What do you aspect from your team next season?

I expect a lot from my team (Muresul Tirgu Mures) next season..I expect us to be one of the top teams in the league next year, we had areas where we needed help, and i think we addressed these areas..But as with any team im on, I feel that I am the leader and we will go as far as I take us..I think this year will be a lot tougher on us, because now I think we have a more respect from other teams, whereas the year before no one respected Muresul Tirgu Mures as a team because of the previous seasons..So it will be interesting to see how this season unfolds, but lookout for our team..

10. Tell us your program in a normal day in your life.

A regular day in my life includes waking up, getting some breakfast then going to workout which includes drills that i need to improve every aspect of my game...Then i usually have lunch and go home and relax.. Later on in the day I go back for workout #2, which usually includes 5 on 5 at a local gym, (because where im from in Flint, MI you can always find a good run..) and I work on everything that needs improving during this time but now its in game situations because other people are on the court.. In between all this time I usually find time to hang with family and friends..

Thank you,
JuJuan Cooley


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RUSSIA

Russia cruises past Taiwan to 2-0 record -by Eurobasket News
Russia - Taiwan 78:67
Russia ensured their perfect record at the preliminary round of the Summer Universiade basketball tournament. They overcame Taiwan for the second straight victory in Pool E. Taiwan meanwhile suffered the second consecutive loss and finished at the bottom of the ladder.
Russia will now play against Mexico in the qualifying round. Taiwan will seek for their first win in the competition against Brazil tomorrow.
The teams started the game slowly and kept it close throughout the opening frame. Russia led by just 2 points 17:15. However Russian players increased the tempo in the second frame and easily ran away to a 39:29 distance at halftime. The game hardly changed after the break as Russia continued to enlarge the lead. They were up by 27 points entering the final quarter 66:39. Having reached an unassailable advantage Russia put bench players on the court and allowed Taiwan to cut the deficit to a respectable 67:78 at the end.
Five Russian players scored in double figures. Timofey Mozgov topscored for the winners with 12 points and 8 boards. Damir Zibirov chipped in 11 points for Russia. Chun-chieh Chen nailed game-high 27 points and pulled down 6 boards for Taiwan. Chien-wei Wang dropped 8 points in defeat.

Russia: Timofey Mozgov 12+8 boards, Damir Zibirov 11
Taiwan: Chun-chieh Chen 27, Chien-wei Wang 8


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SEBL

Baseline-1 overpowers Skyline; ServPro-1 wins a barnburner over the Celtics... -by David Archer
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Wooten


Stegall


Spivey

Cartersville, GA (August 10, 2007)- Baseline-1 used a big run going into the half, to create an insurmoutable lead on Skyline and advance to the SEBL Metro Final Four, while ServPro-1 had to endure many runs and lead changes against the young Celtics team, before prevailing in the waning moments. The game summaries are below...


SEBL Metro A-League Championship Tournament Bracket link: http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=236689&tclass

North #1 Baseline-1 81 - North #4 Skyline 60...
Baseline-1 used a late first half run to take a resounding 44-25 lead into the half-time. Baseline-1 went up 14-9 on a Marcus Henderson jumper, but Skyline worked its way back in the game by forcing turnovers then attacking the basket. Stuart Mitchell drove the lane, then hit a three in the corner for Skyline. Skyline went up by four points on two occasion, but Casey Moore stopped the bleeding with long threes. The first one cut Baseline's deficit to 20-19 and the second have his team the lead back at 24-23. Skyline went pushed back ahead 25-26 on a Antone Anderson lay-in, but that would be it, as they went totally dry. Baseline-1 then went on a 20-0 run to close the first half. Kashif Gumbs and Ronell Wooten (6'4''-F-85) got quick buckets. Golden Ingle's trey put Baseline 37-25. Later, with a lid still on Skyline's basket, Moore added insult by hitting a 40-footer at the buzzer, putting Baseline-1 up by 19 at the break. Skyline came out strong to start the second half, as J.D. Pollock (6'5''-G) hit a three, followed by an Anderson jumper. Then, Alex Cornett (6'11''-C) executed a spin and dunk move on the right side, to cut the Baseline-1 lead to a dozen. Baseline countered with a 13-4 run, to build its biggest lead at 57-36. Shaun Stegall (6'7''-F-85) tallied seven in the run. Skyline was never able to mount another run. Anderson and Chris Jones (6'6''-F-82) of both had 16 to lead Skyline and Mitchell had 11. For Baseline, Wooten had 14, Shaun Stegall and Moore 13 each, Henderson 12 and Ingle 10. Baseline-1 will now host South #6 seeded Atlanta Speedboys in the first SEBL Metro A-league Final Four matchup on Saturday at 7:00pm.


North #3 ServPro 96 - North #2 Celtics 91...
ServPro had a fight on their hands all night, before a couple of breaks allowed the game to be stolen away in the waning moments. ServPro-1 established early control with Shan Finley scoring buckets from the perimeter and Victor Saxton (6'6''-F-77) ruling the middle against the smaller Celtics lineup. ServPro-1 worked out to a nine point lead mid-way through the half, but the Celtics heated up. Mike Reynolds made several nice penetration moves for scores, then he and Mikaiel Carter combined for five threes to gradually bring the Celts to within 52-48 by the half. Again, ServPro-1 moved back out on the Celtics to start the second half, on several Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72) buckets and freethrows. But again, the Celtics battled back on perimeter shooting and inside buckets by Lance Tippett (6'4''-F). On a Carter bomb, the Celtics took over the lead at 82-78. Finley nailed a three for ServPro and it was clear this game was going down to the wire. The Celtics miscued on consecutive possessions and ServPro pushed back ahead at 85-84 on a Spivey drive across the lane, then by three on another Spivey bucket in the lane. Carter then re-knotted the score on a long three from the top of the key with 1:30 left. Spivey countered again with another penetration move, this time drawing the "and-1," putting ServPro back up by three. Strangely, Servpro fouled on the inbounds and Tippett hit both shots at the line to cut it back to 90-89. Mike Paige was fouled and hit both shots to give ServPro a three point cushion with 40 seconds left, then after Tippett missed a three in the corner, Saxton powered up for a basket inside and it seemed like the Celtics were done. But, Dexter Shaw answered with a two, cutting the score to 94-91 with 23 seconds remaining. Paige was fouled again, but missed the front end of the one and one. Tippett rebounded for the Celtics, who ran the clock down to seven seconds before giving the ball to Carter off a screen. Carter dribbled to the left, launching a three point attempt to tie with 2 seconds on the clock. The shot rimmed in and out and Rodney Stallings (6'7''-F, college: Chattanooga) grabbed the rebound for ServPro, drawing a foul immediately. Stallings iced the game by calmly sinking both attempts with only 1.3 on the clock. Tippett and Reynolds both had 23 for the Celtics, while Chris Morgan hit 19 and Carter 18. For ServPro-1, Finley downed 25 of his 30 in the first half, while Saxton and Spivey both had 21 and Cameron Fitch (6'1''-G-82) 12. In Saturday's Final Four matchups, ServPro-1 will face the SEBL South Division's #1 seed, a tough D.O.T.S team. Tip off is set for 8:00pm.

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Saturdays Super Semi-Finals will have the Final Four games for all three SEBL Divisions on tap. The schedule is listed below...


SEBL City Conference B-League Semis:

3:00pm - East #3 Summer Hill Blue Devils (7-3) vs. West #1 ServPro-2 (7-2)

4:00pm - West #2 Cedartown Bulldogs (5-4) vs. East #1 Baseline-2 (9-0)

http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=236691&tclass


WSEBL Women's League Semis:

5:00pm - #4 seed Lady Blast (0-8) vs. #1 seed North Georgia Stars (6-2)

6:00pm - #3 seed Prime Time (4-4) vs. #2 seed BaselineUSA (6-2)

http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=236696&tclass


SEBL Metro Conference A-League Semis:

7:00pm - South #6 Atlanta Speedboys (4-6) vs. North #1 Baseline-1 (9-1)

8:00pm - North #3 ServPro-1 (8-2) vs. South #1 D.O.T.S. (7-2)

http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=236689&tclass

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SEBL CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY:

4:30PM - SEBL City Conference Finals: Summer Hill/ServPro-2 winner vs. Cedartown/Baseline-2 winner

6:00PM - WSEBL Women's Conf. Finals: Lady Blast/NGA Stars winner vs. Prime Time/BaselineUSA winner

7:30PM - SEBL Metro Conference Finals: Speedboys/Baseline-1 winner vs. ServPro-1/DOTS winner




Baseline-1 blasts Speeboys, while DOTS comes back to beat ServPro-1 to reach SEBL Metro Finals... -by David Archer
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Scott

Cartersville, GA (Aug. 11, 2007)... The SEBL Metro Conference A-League Semi-finals were played at JH Morgan Gym on Sunday afternoon. The first game turned into an unfortunate spectical, while the other contest went down to an exiciting finish in the final seconds. The summaries are below...


North #1 Baseline-1 82 - South #6 Atlanta Speedboys 52...
Baseline-1 literally out-shot, out-played and out-classed the Atlanta Speedboys club and organization, in an 82-52 win on Sunday evening in the SEBL Metro Conference A-League Semi-finals. Baseline-1 gradually built a steady lead in the first half, behind the scoring of Ernest Scott (6'7''-F-82), Ronell Wooten (6'4''-F-85) and Golden Ingle (5'11''-G-81) of Cartersville Baseline. Marcus Henderson hit a few timely shots and Rod Ashmore's 35 footer at the buzzer gave Baseline a 42-25 lead at the break. DeCourney McGowan hit a 18-footer, followed by Romel Wright and Brandon Kelley buckets, as the Speedboys went on a 8-0 run to start the half. Atlanta trimmed the Baseline lead to 10. But, Ernest Scott buried two more treys while going on a personal 8-point binge, silencing the Speedboys comeback thoughts. Baseline continued to build on its lead, and the Speedboys continued to self-destruct, spiraling to a level of unsportsmanlike conduct that resulted in several technicals and intentional fouls as the game wound down. Marcus Byams scored 12 points to lead the Speedboys, while Brandon Kelley had 10 and Anton Reese (6'3''-G-75) six. For Baseline-1, Scott had 25, Wooten and Ingle each had 14, Casey Moore 12 and Marcus Henderson 10. The uncharacteristic "black-eye" was on the Speedboys, as Baseline-1 will move on to the SEBL Metro Championship Game, where they will face the South Division's #1 Seeded D.O.T.S. team, who beat ServPro-1 69-67 in the other Semi-final.

South #1 DOTS 69 - North #3 ServPro-1 67...
Chris Agnes downed 22, and D.O.T.S. came from behind to clip a surprised ServPro-1 squad, 69-67. Though DOTS came in as the #1 seed from the South Division, it looked like ServPro-1 had the match-up advantage on the floor. The game went in that direction for almost 3/4 of the way, as ServPro built a 10-point lead by half-time, 39-29. DOTS just hung around, still down by 8-10 points well into the second half, then went on a run behind a couple of threes by Randall Tatum and James Taylor. DOTS raced back, and after two Xavier Trice freethrows took a 62-59 lead with just over a minute remaining. Mike Dean (6'2''-G-82) nailed a trey to re-knot the score at 62, but Chris Agnes drew a foul and sank both for DOTS, and they went back up 64-62. Dean got fouled and missed one of the two foul shots. Agnes again drew a foul driving the lane, made the first free shot, then missed. Shan Finley drove into the lane, missing a runner, but Victor Saxton followed with a tip in, to re-tie the game at 65-all, with only 11 seconds showing. Then, Agnes drove the length of the floor, while splitting two defenders just outside the lane, lofted a shot that bounced on the front of the rim and fell through with 3.7 seconds, putting DOTS up 69-67. ServPro-1 called timeout, and then promptly threw the ball away on the inbounds. They had to foul as soon as DOTS inbounded. Xavier Trice nailed both shots at the line. Saxton scored a bucket at the buzzer for ServPro, but it only made the score an academic 69-67 total. DOTS showed why they have been on top of the standings in the SEBL for most of the summer. They continued to fight, hit the shots when need and attacked the basket, which allowed for many points to be collected at the line, where they went 19-28. Trice tallied 16 points, including 8-9 at the line, to help Agnes. Randall Tatum also had 11, Daniel Johnson eight and James Taylor five. For ServPro-1, Finley had 19, Saxton 18, Dean 12 and Mike Paige nine. DOTS will face off against the North Division's #1 seeded team in the Baseline-1 squad, who defeated the Atlanta Speedboys earlier in the day.



ServPro-2, Baseline-2 will clash again in the SEBL City Conference Finals... -by David Archer
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West #1 ServPro-2 86 - East #3 Summer Hill Blue Devils 81...
The first City Conference Semi-final matchup was a classic, as SerPro-2 and Summer Hill battled toe-to-toe for the entire game. Summer Hill led early, then ServPro-2 re-took the lead and with a mini-run going into the half, lead 55-47. Shan Finley downed 16 first half points to pace ServPro-2. In the second half, Summer Hill limited ServPro's offense and behind Chris Morgan and Kashif Gumbs came back to take the lead with about 4-minutes to go. The lead see-sawed for the next minute and half, when Summer Hill made several key mistakes, turning the ball over to ServPro-2, who capitalized on straight trips down the court to go up 83-78. Morgan got a bucket, to get Summer Hill back to with in three with 42 seconds left. But, after a Summer Hill foul, Blake Hill drained one of two, pushing ServPro's lead to four. Morgan was fouled on a three-point attempt, given the chance to get the Devils back to within one. He missed the first, made the second, then missed the final attempt. With 15 seconds left, Hill was fouled again, and made one. Summer Hill made a quick attempt, and after missing again fouled Hill, who put the stamp on the win by hitting one more free throw. Hill only finished with six points, but they all came in the final two minutes of the game, making the difference. Finley finished with 25, Rod Ashmore 14, Bobby Smith 13 and Tim Askew seven. For Summer Hill, Morgan torched the nets for 26, while Gumbs hit 19, Brandon Harris 16 and Marlow Simmons seven. ServPro-2 reaches the SEBL City Conference Finals for the 9th straight time - an amazing feat. They will take on the East Division's #1 seeded Baseline-2 team in the Finals at 4:30pm on Sunday afternoon at JH Morgan Gym.


East #1 Baseline-2 90 - West #2 Cedartown 74...
Baseline-2 weathered several Cedartown runs to claim the 90-74 victory in the other SEBL City Conference Semi-final. Baseline went up early and behind the outside shooting of Jermaine Spivey and the inside play of Chris Jones (6'6''-F-82) of Summer Hill Blue Devils and Marcus Henderson, took a 45-28 lead into the intermission. Cedartown fought back, as they stepped up their full-court pressure, igniting a 12-0 run and eventually cutting Baseline-2's lead down to 69-63. But, Baseline-2 settled back down, while Mikaiel Carter took over the scoring, downing 14 second half points on four treys, Henderson also stepped out of the post to drain a couple of threes and powered his way to two more, essentially putting Cedartown away down the stretch. Cedartown's Jay Nelson finished with a game-high 31 points, while Chris Careathers had 18 and Nagee Smith 14. For Baseline-2, Henderson paced the way with 21, as Carter and Jones each turned in 19, Spivey 17 and Antone Anderson 11. Jacob Selman rounded out the scoring for Baseline-2, with three points. Baseline-2 will try to unseat ServPro-2 from the Throne on Sunday afternoon at JH Morgan Gym in Cartersville. Tipoff is set for 4:30pm.


SEBL CITY CONFERENCE B-LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:

SUNDAY AUG. 11TH 4:30PM... SERVPRO-2 (8-2) VS. BASELINE-2 (10-0)

AT JH MORGAN GYM - 129 AUBREY STREET CARTERSVILLE, GA 30120



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SERBIA

Latest signings -by Dragan Jankovski

Bosnian team Igokea from Aleksandrovac signed one year contract with ex guard of Vojvodina Srbijagas Ivan Bosnjak (197-G-82). Before Vojvodina Bosnjak played for Lavovi 063 and Radnicki Belgrade. His new team will participate in FIBA EuroCup next season.

Small forward Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) agreed terms with Hungarian team Falco Szombathely. Ciric started last season in Bosna Sarajevo while in December he moved on Cyprus to APOEL Nicosia and with them reached the final of Cypriot play-off. In the past he became a champion of Polish league with Prokom Trefl Sopot 04/05 and season before that his Spirou Charleroi won Belgian championship.
Ciric joined Serbian head coach Srecko Sekulovic in Falco.



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SLOVENIA

Muric's 26 lead Slovenia to victory over winless Romania (EC U18) -by Zeljko Zule
Dino Muric (198-F/C-90) scored 26 points on shooting 10-of-14 to lead Slovenia past the winless Romania 77-58 in their last game of EC Division A. Zoran Dragic had 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Sinisa Bilic added 10 points. Slovenia wins 15th place and first in a history dropped into Division B.
SLOVENIA 77: Bratina DNP, Ristic, Zadnik 4, Percel 1, Muha 6, Dragic 16, Milasinovic 6, Bilic 10, Dimec, Vranjkovic 8, Muric 26, Tratnik.
ROMANIA 58: Negut 3, Faur 8, Scurt, Bercean 7, Tashcina, Codin, Epure, Urichianu 13, Antal, Orbeanu 4, Vlad 5, Daian 18.


Slovenia beats Serbia in friendly -by Matej Bergant
Slovenia won their second game on preparation tournament in Strasbourg, France. They beat Serbian NT 79:66. Best scorers for Slovenia were Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) with 13 points and Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) with 12 points. Slovenians led whole game and didn't allow opponets to come close. Serbia was led by Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) who scored 18 points. Tomorrow Slovenia will face France for first place on this tournament.

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SPAIN

DKV Joventut signs Andriuskevicius -by Robert Mayor
According to "Catalunya Radio", DKV Joventut will test young pearl Martynas Andriuskevicius (219-C/F-86, agency: Interperformances). Center comes from Chicago Bulls where last season couldn't play the minutes he expected. Now decides to return to Europe and will try to prove that is full recovered of his injury, and that can be important again in a team.

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SWEDEN

Swedish National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
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4 Jim Nystrom (194-G/F-82) of SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf (GER)
5 Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) of Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (GER)
6 Mikael Lindqvist (193-G-83) of Etendard de Brest (FRA)
7 Mats Levin (189-G-77) of Ignis Draghi Novara (ITA)
8 Oluoma Nnamaka (200-F-78) of Basket Club Ferrara (ITA)

9 Olivie Ilunga (185-G-84) of 08 Stockholm
10 Kenny Grant (188-G-82) of Hermine Nantes Atlantique (FRA)
11 Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) of Sundsvall Dragons
12 Fredrik Jonzen (207-C/F-78) of Ciudad de Huelva (ESP)
13 Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81) of JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (FRA)

14 Serkan Inan (198-G-86) of Alpella Istanbul (TUR)
15 Christian Maraker (206-F-82) of CAI Zaragoza (ESP)


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T.OF THE AM-CAS

Uruguay announce his NT for the Americas Tournament -by Hector Lopez
Uruguay announced the team to play the Americas tournament to qualify two teams for the Beiging 2008 Olympica Games. The team will travel Monday 13 to Mexico where it will play four games, flying August 20 to Las Vegas. The players named the HC Alberto Espasandin were:
4 - Fernando Martinez (175-G-79)
5 - Emilio Taboada (193-F-82)
6 - Mauricio Aguiar (198-F-83, agency: Players Group)
7 - Omar Galeano (197-F/C-81)
8 - Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group)
9 - Claudio Charquero (202-C-77)
10 - Leandro Garcia Morales (188-G-80, college: Texas A&M)
11 - Martin Osimani (190-G-81, college: Duquesne)
12 - Gaston Paez (206-C/F-79)
13 - Luis Silveira (190-G/F-71)
14 - Sebastian Izaguirre (203-C/F-85)
15 - Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83)
All of them, except Galeano and Silveira, played for Uruguay during the recent Pan American Games, winning the bronze medal.


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TAIWAN

Russia cruises past Taiwan to 2-0 record -by Eurobasket News
Russia - Taiwan 78:67
Russia ensured their perfect record at the preliminary round of the Summer Universiade basketball tournament. They overcame Taiwan for the second straight victory in Pool E. Taiwan meanwhile suffered the second consecutive loss and finished at the bottom of the ladder.
Russia will now play against Mexico in the qualifying round. Taiwan will seek for their first win in the competition against Brazil tomorrow.
The teams started the game slowly and kept it close throughout the opening frame. Russia led by just 2 points 17:15. However Russian players increased the tempo in the second frame and easily ran away to a 39:29 distance at halftime. The game hardly changed after the break as Russia continued to enlarge the lead. They were up by 27 points entering the final quarter 66:39. Having reached an unassailable advantage Russia put bench players on the court and allowed Taiwan to cut the deficit to a respectable 67:78 at the end.
Five Russian players scored in double figures. Timofey Mozgov topscored for the winners with 12 points and 8 boards. Damir Zibirov chipped in 11 points for Russia. Chun-chieh Chen nailed game-high 27 points and pulled down 6 boards for Taiwan. Chien-wei Wang dropped 8 points in defeat.

Russia: Timofey Mozgov 12+8 boards, Damir Zibirov 11
Taiwan: Chun-chieh Chen 27, Chien-wei Wang 8


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THAILAND

New Zealand secures the win against Thailand -by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Thailand 108:73
New Zealand delivered the winning result in their second encounter at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. In a must-win game they crashed hosting Thailand 108:73 to improve to 1-1 record. Emerging Tall Blacks will now face Israel in the qualifying round tomorrow. Thailand takes on South Africa earlier the same day.
New Zealand got to flying start as they outscored their opponents 24:12 in the first frame. The home side tried to stay at a striking distance throughout the second quarter and trailed 28:41 at halftime. Thailand cut the deficit by 4 points in the third frame to come within 9 at the start of the final stanza 54:63. But Emerging Tall Blacks were unstoppable in the fourth quarter as they nailed 45 points to leave Thailand far behind and posted their first victory at the tournament.
Everald Bartlett (191-G-86) led the action with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Callum MacLeod (216-C-84, college: Gonzaga) contributed 18 points for Kiwis. Thailand were paced by 18 points from Jakkrapan Silapapitat and Chaiwat Kaedum. Ratdech Kruatiwa added 13 points and 6 boards in a losing clause.
New Zealand players dominated the boards 50:22 and forced hosts to 27 turnovers. They also converted solid 49% from the field, while Thailand shot 44% of field goals and just 28% from free throw line.

New Zealand: Everald Bartlett 22, Callum MacLeod 18
Thailand: Jakkrapan Silapapitat 18, Chaiwat Kaedum 18


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UKRAINE

Ukraine thumps Brazil for the first victory in Bangkok -by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Brazil 78:59
Ukraine gained their first win at the Summer World University in Thailand. They cruised past Brazil in the second round of action in Pool C. The win saw Ukraine improve to 1-1 record and occupy the second spot in Pool C. Brazil completed preliminary round winless at the bottom of the ladder. Ukraine will now take on Germany in qualifying round tomorrow. Brazil will try to grab their first victory against Taiwan.
Brazilian players played slightly better basketball in the starting quarter and stayed ahead 17:14 early on. But Ukrainian side gradually levelled the contest and finished the first half trailing by just a single point 29:30. Ukraine finally reached their opponents in the third quarter and the teams entered the fourth quarter all square 47:47. But Brazil simply collapsed defensively in the fourth quarter. Ukrainian players easily past Brazilian defensive walls and keep on firing points. Sergiy Gorbenko, Oleksandr Panchenko (184-G-84) and Dmytro Diatlovskyi all connected from beyond the arc and ensured a 31:12 final run for Ukraine.
The winning side was led by Oleksandr Panchenko with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Vladimir Orlenko (215-C-85) added 12 points for Ukraine. Gustavo Lima (175-G-90) poured in 18 points for Brazil. Joao Victor Ramalho (203-C) produced 8 points and 14 boards in defeat.

Ukraine: Oleksandr Panchenko 16, Vladimir Orlenko 12
Brazil: Gustavo Lima 18, Joao Victor Ramalho 8+14 boards


Ukrainian National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
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4 Artem Shvets (202-G/F-85) of BC Kyiv
5 Igor Loktionov (195-G-86) of Azovmash Mariupol
6 Olexiy Onufriyev (200-F-82) of MBK Mykolaiv
7 Oleksandr Kolchenko (196-F-88) of Khimik-OPZ Yuzny
8 Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) of BC Kyiv
9 Volodymyr Koval (194-G-79) of Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk

10 Volodymyr Gurtovoy (207-C-75) of SK Cherkassy Monkeys
11 Aleksei Poltoratskiy (208-F-74) of MBC Odessa
12 Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) of Azovmash Mariupol
13 Yevgeniy Podorvanniy (194-F/G-78) of Azovmash Mariupol
14 Vyacheslav Kravtsov (210-C-87) of BC Kyiv
15 Artem Butskyy (185-G-81) of SK Cherkassy Monkeys


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UNIVER.GAMES

Preliminary round is completed -by Eurobasket News
Group A

New Zealand - Thailand 108:73
New Zealand delivered the winning result in their second encounter at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. In a must-win game they crashed hosting Thailand 108:73 to improve to 1-1 record. Emerging Tall Blacks will now face Israel in the qualifying round tomorrow. Thailand takes on South Africa earlier the same day.
New Zealand got to flying start as they outscored their opponents 24:12 in the first frame. The home side tried to stay at a striking distance throughout the second quarter and trailed 28:41 at halftime. Thailand cut the deficit by 4 points in the third frame to come within 9 at the start of the final stanza 54:63. But Emerging Tall Blacks were unstoppable in the fourth quarter as they nailed 45 points to leave Thailand far behind and posted their first victory at the tournament.
Everald Bartlett (191-G-86) led the action with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Callum MacLeod (216-C-84, college: Gonzaga) contributed 18 points for Kiwis. Thailand were paced by 18 points from Jakkrapan Silapapitat and Chaiwat Kaedum. Ratdech Kruatiwa added 13 points and 6 boards in a losing clause.
New Zealand players dominated the boards 50:22 and forced hosts to 27 turnovers. They also converted solid 49% from the field, while Thailand shot 44% of field goals and just 28% from free throw line.

New Zealand: Everald Bartlett 22, Callum MacLeod 18
Thailand: Jakkrapan Silapapitat 18, Chaiwat Kaedum 18

Group B

USA - Angola 84:26
USA team rebounded after a stunning loss to Lithuania at the start of the Univerisade in Thailand. They thrashed Angola in the second encounter in Pool B yesterday and improved to 1-1 record. United States will now face Turkey in the qualifying round of the tournament tomorrow. Angola suffered their second straight defeat and plays against Australia.
USA team set the right tone early in this one as they rallied past African team 23:5 in the opening frame. The gap reached a 41:11 mark at halftime and the task was fulfilled. United States coach Benjamin Jacobson let the bench players log more minutes. They though never allowed Angola to come closer and limited them to only 5 points in the third quarter piling up a massive 65:16 lead. United States proved the difference also in the fourth frame as they outscored Angola 19:10 and celebrated an easy victory.
Jordan Egiseder led the action with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Jared Josten (180-G-84) provided 13 points in a win. Wilson Joao was the only player to score in double figures for Angola. He netted 12 points and collected 6 boards. Andre Goncalo (196-F-87) scored 5 points in a losing case.
USA shot 55% from the field and pulled down 48 rebounds. Angola hit just 13% of field goals and 37% from free throw line.

USA: Jordan Egiseder 16+12 boards, Jared Josten 13
Angola: Wilson Joao 12, Andre Goncalo 5


Group C

Ukraine - Brazil 78:59
Ukraine gained their first win at the Summer World University in Thailand. They cruised past Brazil in the second round of action in Pool C. The win saw Ukraine improve to 1-1 record and occupy the second spot in Pool C. Brazil completed preliminary round winless at the bottom of the ladder. Ukraine will now take on Germany in qualifying round tomorrow. Brazil will try to grab their first victory against Taiwan.
Brazilian players played slightly better basketball in the starting quarter and stayed ahead 17:14 early on. But Ukrainian side gradually levelled the contest and finished the first half trailing by just a single point 29:30. Ukraine finally reached their opponents in the third quarter and the teams entered the fourth quarter all square 47:47. But Brazil simply collapsed defensively in the fourth quarter. Ukrainian players easily past Brazilian defensive walls and keep on firing points. Sergiy Gorbenko, Oleksandr Panchenko (184-G-84) and Dmytro Diatlovskyi all connected from beyond the arc and ensured a 31:12 final run for Ukraine.
The winning side was led by Oleksandr Panchenko with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Vladimir Orlenko (215-C-85) added 12 points for Ukraine. Gustavo Lima (175-G-90) poured in 18 points for Brazil. Joao Victor Ramalho (203-C) produced 8 points and 14 boards in defeat.

Ukraine: Oleksandr Panchenko 16, Vladimir Orlenko 12
Brazil: Gustavo Lima 18, Joao Victor Ramalho 8+14 boards


Group D

Mexico - Serbia 75:95
Mexican team was not able to succeed in the second game at the Unievrsiade. They had to surrender to Serbia in the second round of action in Pool D. Mexico fell to 1-1 record and finished the prelimianary round at the second spot in Group D. They will now face Russia in the qualifying round tomorrow. Serbia is scheduled to play against Finland.
Serbian players got to a better start as they overcame their Mexican counterparts 19:14 in the first frame. Mexico were not solid defensively and allowed Serbia to pour in another 30 points in the second quarter. European team enjoyed a 49:34 advantage at halftime and and never gave it up in the second half. The game was pretty close after the break but Sebian squad still managed to narrowly defeat Latin Americans in the third and fourth frames. Six Serbian players scored in double digits. Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) provided 16 points for them. Vladan Vukosauyevie and Marko Simonovic (203-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points apiece in a win. Joel Reynoso (190-G) answered with game-high 17 points for Mexico. Julio Martin had 14 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.
Mexico shot more accurately from the field knocking down 50% comparing to 43% from Serbia. However Mexican team allowed their opponents to pull down 19 offensive rebounds and committed 28 turnovers.

Mexico: Joel Reynoso 17, Julio Martin 14
Serbia: Vukasin Aleksic 16, Vladan Vukosauyevie 14, Marko Simonovic 14


Group E

Russia - Taiwan 78:67
Russia ensured their perfect record at the preliminary round of the Summer Universiade basketball tournament. They overcame Taiwan for the second straight victory in Pool E. Taiwan meanwhile suffered the second consecutive loss and finished at the bottom of the ladder.
Russia will now play against Mexico in the qualifying round. Taiwan will seek for their first win in the competition against Brazil tomorrow.
The teams started the game slowly and kept it close throughout the opening frame. Russia led by just 2 points 17:15. However Russian players increased the tempo in the second frame and easily ran away to a 39:29 distance at halftime. The game hardly changed after the break as Russia continued to enlarge the lead. They were up by 27 points entering the final quarter 66:39. Having reached an unassailable advantage Russia put bench players on the court and allowed Taiwan to cut the deficit to a respectable 67:78 at the end.
Five Russian players scored in double figures. Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86) topscored for the winners with 12 points and 8 boards. Damir Zibirov (188-G-86) chipped in 11 points for Russia. Chun-chieh Chen nailed game-high 27 points and pulled down 6 boards for Taiwan. Chien-wei Wang dropped 8 points in defeat.

Russia: Timofey Mozgov 12+8 boards, Damir Zibirov 11
Taiwan: Chun-chieh Chen 27, Chien-wei Wang 8


Group F

Kazakhstan - Germany 49:89
Kazakhstan were not able to deliver in the second round of action in Pool F. They were beaten by Germany to fall to 0-2 record at the bottom of the ladder. Germany meanwhile occupied the top spot in Group F. They will now play versus Ukraine in the qualifying round. Kazakhstan faces Czech Republic tomorrow.
Kazakhstan started the game confidently and led 11:10 after the opening frame. However German team quickly rebounded and rolled to a stunning 33:12 advantage in the second quarter. Kazakhstan struggled to stop their opponents after the break and European team extended the gap to 67:32 at the start of the fourth quarter. Kazakh could not match the tempo and lost the final stanza 17:22 suffering another defeat at the tournament.
Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) secured game-high 18 points and 6 boards for Germany. Jermain Raffington (205-C/F-85, college: Southeastern CC) added 12 points and 10 boards for the winners. Kazakhstan responded with 16 points from Roman Maravyov. Rustam Yargaliyev and Mikhail Yevstigneyev (198-F-84) provided 8 points each in a losing clause.
Kazakhstan lost the battle in the paint as they were outrebounded by Germany 28:46. Kazakh players converted 32% from the field and 52% from free throw line, while Germany shot 46% of field goals and had 74% accuracy from charity stripe.

Kazakhstan: Roman Maravyov 16, Rustam Yargaliyev 8, Mikhail Yevstigneyev 8
Germany: Yassin Idbihi 18, Jermain Raffington 12+10 boards


Group G

Turkey - South Africa 76:51
Turkey: Cem Coskun (209-C-87) 20+10 boards, Caner Senturk (196-G-86) 13
South Africa: Jerry Manyubele 20+11 boards, Mogomutsi Ntladi 8


Group H

Israel - Australia 74:62
Israeli University team posted another victory at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. They defeated Australian students' team 74:62 to improve to 2-0 record. Israel thus occupied the top spot in Pool H and will now face New Zealand in the next round of competition. Australia meanwhile completed the preliminary round winless and will battle against Angola tomorrow.
Israel dominated the game right from the start and led 16:11 after the opening frame. Australia managed to cut the deficit by one points and trailed 26:30 at halftime. However it was as close as Aussies could get. Israel steadily enlarged the gap and entered the final stanza ahead by 9 points 49:40. Australia tried to play an aggressive basketball in the last part of the encounter but Israeli players easily matched the rhythm and came out as winners.
Anton Kazarnovski (205-F/C-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) led Israel with 16 points. Jonathan Nir contributed 12 points for the winners. Aron Baynes (208-C-86) and Carlin Hughes (185-G) produced 14 points apiece for Australia. Luke Cooper added 6 points in a losing case.
Israel converted 44% from the field, while Aussies responded with 32% accuracy. Australia though managed to outrebound their opponents 35:24.

Israel: Anton Kazarnovski 16, Jonathan Nir 12
Australia: Aron Baynes 14, Carlin Hughes 14


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URUGUAY

Uruguay announce his NT for the Americas Tournament -by Hector Lopez
Uruguay announced the team to play the Americas tournament to qualify two teams for the Beiging 2008 Olympica Games. The team will travel Monday 13 to Mexico where it will play four games, flying August 20 to Las Vegas. The players named the HC Alberto Espasandin were:
4 - Fernando Martinez (175-G-79)
5 - Emilio Taboada (193-F-82)
6 - Mauricio Aguiar (198-F-83, agency: Players Group)
7 - Omar Galeano (197-F/C-81)
8 - Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group)
9 - Claudio Charquero (202-C-77)
10 - Leandro Garcia Morales (188-G-80, college: Texas A&M)
11 - Martin Osimani (190-G-81, college: Duquesne)
12 - Gaston Paez (206-C/F-79)
13 - Luis Silveira (190-G/F-71)
14 - Sebastian Izaguirre (203-C/F-85)
15 - Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83)
All of them, except Galeano and Silveira, played for Uruguay during the recent Pan American Games, winning the bronze medal.




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Women News

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ADRIATIC L. (W) - Women

Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
1. Crvena Zv. 0-0
2. KK Split 0-0
3. KK Zagreb 0-0
4. Bosna S. 0-0
5. Partizan 0-0
6. Cibona 0-0
7. Zadar 0-0
8. Olimpija 0-0
9. Helios 0-0
10. FMP 0-0
11. Slovan 0-0
12. Buducnost 0-0
13. Hemofarm 0-0
14. Siroki 0-0


Komplet breaks a bone -by Zeljko Zule
Slovenian NT member Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) from Merkur Celje broken a bone spur on her heel and will be sidelined at least two months.

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ANTIGUA - Women

Jamila Griffith secures starting victory for Barbados -by Eurobasket News
Antigua - Barbados 50:61
Barbadian team secured a starting win over Antigua at the CBC championship. They now occupied the top spot in Group B. Barbados spurred ahead right from the start and outscored their opponents 19:10 in the first quarter. Barbados widened the lead in the second frame and cleared off to a 37:17 distance at halftime. Antigua just managed to cut the deficit by 4 points in the third quarter. Barbados wisely secured the winning outcome at the end surviving all possible comeback efforts from Antiguan team.
Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) led Barbados with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Shakira Shorey (180-F-84) had 11 points and 14 boards for the winners. Kebra Nanton produced 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Antigua. Dalia Clarke and Amanda Edwards scored 9 points apiece in defeat.

Antigua: Kebra Nanton 11+9 boards, Dalia Clarke 9, Amanda Edwards 9
Barbados: Jamila Griffith 17+11 boards, Shakira Shorey 11+14 boards


Antigua National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
4 Kebra Nanton (-82)
5 Charmane Wetherill (-88)
6 Dulcie Grant (-69)
7 Anique Rhodes (-78)
8 Arlene Frye (-72)
9 Louisa Bennette (-69)
10 Kennesia Cabral (-84)
11 Dalia Clarke (-78)
12 Sonya Baptiste (-78)
13 Amanda Edwards (-88)
14 Carol Cornelius (-71)
15 Tyechia Lake (-83) of Marshalltown CC (USA)

Head Coach: Edward Shaw
Coach Assistants: Jerome Andrew , Cedrick David


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BAHAMAS - Women

Bahamas start CBC championship with loss -by Eurobasket News
Virgin Islands - Bahamas 76:65
Virgin Islands got to a winning start at the CBC championship in Morovis. They beat Bahamas in Group A opener yesterday. Virgin Islands marked their dominance early on as they gained a 22:11 advantage after the first frame. They managed to extend the gap by 2 points in the second quarter and drove to a 40:27 lead at halftime. Bahamas showed some signs of recovery in the third stanza when they finally limited Virgin Islands offensive presence and outscored them 22:19. But it was not enough for an overall success. Virgin Ilands players quickly regained control and sealed the victory at the end.
Yanique Javois (176-G) led all scorers with 21 points for Virgin Islands. Shaquana Wilkins (188-F-83) contributed 17 points and massive 20 rebounds for the winners. Sharmaine Cash answered with 11 points for Bahamas. Anastacia Sands had 9 points in a loss.
Virgin Islands had an overwhelming dominance under the rims 59:29. They also shot solid 55% from close range.
Virgin Islands will next take on Dominican Republic tomorrow. Bahamas will try to improve their record against Trinidad and Tobago.

Virgin Islands: Yanique Javois 21, Shaquana Wilkins 17+20 boards
Bahamas: Sharmaine Cash 11, Anastacia Sands 9


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BARBADOS - Women

Barbados National Team 2007 -by Eurobasket
4 Chekirah Shepherd (-88)
5 Ria Phillips (170-G-82)
6 Jennifer Joseph (179-G/F-82)
7 Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82) of Sion Helios BC (SUI)

8 Laurel Browne (-76)
9 Toni Atherley (173-G-83) of Fresno State University (USA)
10 Jonnel Oderson (170-G-86)
11 Ruth Holder (-89)
12 Shakira Shorey (185-F/C-84) of Fort Valley State University (USA)
13 Sade Clarke (-89) of Playfair Warriors
14 Irecka Louis (-81)
15 Natalie Hunte (192-C-80)


Jamila Griffith secures starting victory for Barbados -by Eurobasket News
Antigua - Barbados 50:61
Barbadian team secured a starting win over Antigua at the CBC championship. They now occupied the top spot in Group B. Barbados spurred ahead right from the start and outscored their opponents 19:10 in the first quarter. Barbados widened the lead in the second frame and cleared off to a 37:17 distance at halftime. Antigua just managed to cut the deficit by 4 points in the third quarter. Barbados wisely secured the winning outcome at the end surviving all possible comeback efforts from Antiguan team.
Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) led Barbados with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Shakira Shorey (180-F-84) had 11 points and 14 boards for the winners. Kebra Nanton produced 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Antigua. Dalia Clarke and Amanda Edwards scored 9 points apiece in defeat.

Antigua: Kebra Nanton 11+9 boards, Dalia Clarke 9, Amanda Edwards 9
Barbados: Jamila Griffith 17+11 boards, Shakira Shorey 11+14 boards


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BRAZIL - Women

Brazil misses qualifying round despite win over China -by Eurobasket News
Brazil - China 70:57
Brazilian team finished the preliminary round with a comprehensive win over China 70:57. However it turned out to be not enough to advance into the qualifying round of the Summer University Games in Bangkok. Brazil were tied at 2-1 record with Australia and Poland but the points difference was not in favour of Brazil.
Brazil will now play in the classification round and faces Serbia tomorrow. China remained winless in Group D and takes on Mozambique.
Brazil and China kept it close in the first three quarter. Latin American enjoyed a narrow 31:30 lead at halftime but China spurred ahead in the third quarter and entered the fourth quarter in front 49:44. However Brazilian team finally found the touch and crashed their opponents in the final term. They nailed 26 points and eased to an overall victory at the end.
Luciana Angeloni (183-F-84) netted 23 points and collected 6 boards for Brazil. Vanuzia Santos contributed 15 points and 11 boards for the winners. Lu Lu (184-G-86) replied with 18 points for China. Jing Huang added 13 points in defeat.
Brazil outrebounded China 40:34. But they lacked accuracy converting 34% from the field and 50% from free throw line. China knocked down 35% of field goals and 63% from the stripe.

Brazil: Luciana Angeloni 23, Vanuzia Santos 15+11 boards
China: Lu Lu 18, Jing Huang 13


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CANADA - Women

WATSON NAMED UBC ASSITANT -by John Gary
COURTESY CANADIAN BASKETBALL.COM Current national team member Carrie WATSON has been named the new full time assitant of the UBC THUNDERBIRDS. The announcement was made by the teams head coach Deb HUBAND.

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CARICOM - Women

The action begins in Morovis -by Eurobasket News
The CBC championship for Women just statred in Morovis. The tournament comprised two groups of four teams. The best two teams of each group will advance into semifinal. The best three teams will win the ticket to the 2008 Centrobasket tournament.

Group A

Virgin Islands - Bahamas 76:65
Virgin Islands got to a winning start at the CBC championship in Morovis. They beat Bahamas in Group A opener yesterday. Virgin Islands marked their dominance early on as they gained a 22:11 advantage after the first frame. They managed to extend the gap by 2 points in the second quarter and drove to a 40:27 lead at halftime. Bahamas showed some signs of recovery in the third stanza when they finally limited Virgin Islands offensive presence and outscored them 22:19. But it was not enough for an overall success. Virgin Ilands players quickly regained control and sealed the victory at the end.
Yanique Javois (176-G) led all scorers with 21 points for Virgin Islands. Shaquana Wilkins (188-F-83) contributed 17 points and massive 20 rebounds for the winners. Shermaine Cash answered with 11 points for Bahamas. Anastacia Sands had 9 points in a loss.
Virgin Islands had an overwhelming dominance under the rims 59:29. They also shot solid 55% from close range.
Virgin Islands will next take on Dominican Republic tomorrow. Bahamas will try to improve their record against Trinidad and Tobago.

Virgin Islands: Yanique Javois 21, Shaquana Wilkins 17+20 boards
Bahamas: Shermaine Cash 11, Anastacia Sands 9


Group B

Antigua - Barbados 50:61
Barbadian team secured a starting win over Antigua at the CBC championship. They now occupied the top spot in Group B. Barbados spurred ahead right from the start and outscored their opponents 19:10 in the first quarter. Barbados widened the lead in the second frame and cleared off to a 37:17 distance at halftime. Antigua just managed to cut the deficit by 4 points in the third quarter. Barbados wisely secured the winning outcome at the end surviving all possible comeback efforts from Antiguan team.
Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) led Barbados with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Shakira Shorey (180-F-84) had 11 points and 14 boards for the winners. Kebra Nanton produced 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Antigua. Dalia Clarke and Amanda Edwards scored 9 points apiece in defeat.

Antigua: Kebra Nanton 11+9 boards, Dalia Clarke 9, Amanda Edwards 9
Barbados: Jamila Griffith 17+11 boards, Shakira Shorey 11+14 boards


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CHINA - Women

Brazil misses qualifying round despite win over China -by Eurobasket News
Brazil - China 70:57
Brazilian team finished the preliminary round with a comprehensive win over China 70:57. However it turned out to be not enough to advance into the qualifying round of the Summer University Games in Bangkok. Brazil were tied at 2-1 record with Australia and Poland but the points difference was not in favour of Brazil.
Brazil will now play in the classification round and faces Serbia tomorrow. China remained winless in Group D and takes on Mozambique.
Brazil and China kept it close in the first three quarter. Latin American enjoyed a narrow 31:30 lead at halftime but China spurred ahead in the third quarter and entered the fourth quarter in front 49:44. However Brazilian team finally found the touch and crashed their opponents in the final term. They nailed 26 points and eased to an overall victory at the end.
Luciana Angeloni (183-F-84) netted 23 points and collected 6 boards for Brazil. Vanuzia Santos contributed 15 points and 11 boards for the winners. Lu Lu (184-G-86) replied with 18 points for China. Jing Huang added 13 points in defeat.
Brazil outrebounded China 40:34. But they lacked accuracy converting 34% from the field and 50% from free throw line. China knocked down 35% of field goals and 63% from the stripe.

Brazil: Luciana Angeloni 23, Vanuzia Santos 15+11 boards
China: Lu Lu 18, Jing Huang 13


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HUNGARY - Women

Nothing changed -by Gabriel Zippenfenig
The deadline expired on this Monday (6th August 2007) so they are not able to register to the 2007/2008 season in the Hungarian Women Championship.

The Hungarian Basketball Association (MKOSZ) will decide about the teams that who will participate. It depends on the budget of the teams. Good luck for the next season!


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JAPAN - Women

Japan edges Latvia to finish at the 3rd spot -by Eurobasket News
Japan - Latvia 93:65
Japanese team secured the third spot in Pool B at the Universiade basketball tournament in Bangkok. Japan defeated Latvia 93:65 in the last round of preliminary action. They will next face Thailand in classification round. Latvia fell to 0-3 record and remained at the bottom of the ladder. They will play versus Korea tomorrow.
Japan controlled the game right from the start and gained a 25:21 advantage after the first quarter. They continue to pile the lead in the second frame and marked a 48:30 lead at halftime. Latvia tried to recover in the third stanza but Japan withstood all their attempts and posted another successful quarter 20:19. Latvia run of steam in the dying stages of the encounter and had to surrender at the end.
Yui Yokoyama led Japan to victory with 22 points. Maiko Sekine contributed 14 points for the winners. Aija Putnina (191-F-88) had 23 points for Latvia. Dita Krumberga (183-G/F-84) scored 9 points in a loss.
Japan shot solid 46% from the field and 85% from free throw line. They also forced Latvia to 24 turnovers.

Japan: Yui Yokoyama 22, Maiko Sekine 14
Latvia: Aija Putnina 23, Dita Krumberga 9


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LATVIA - Women

Japan edges Latvia to finish at the 3rd spot -by Eurobasket News
Japan - Latvia 93:65
Japanese team secured the third spot in Pool B at the Universiade basketball tournament in Bangkok. Japan defeated Latvia 93:65 in the last round of preliminary action. They will next face Thailand in classification round. Latvia fell to 0-3 record and remained at the bottom of the ladder. They will play versus Korea tomorrow.
Japan controlled the game right from the start and gained a 25:21 advantage after the first quarter. They continue to pile the lead in the second frame and marked a 48:30 lead at halftime. Latvia tried to recover in the third stanza but Japan withstood all their attempts and posted another successful quarter 20:19. Latvia run of steam in the dying stages of the encounter and had to surrender at the end.
Yui Yokoyama led Japan to victory with 22 points. Maiko Sekine contributed 14 points for the winners. Aija Putnina (191-F-88) had 23 points for Latvia. Dita Krumberga (183-G/F-84) scored 9 points in a loss.
Japan shot solid 46% from the field and 85% from free throw line. They also forced Latvia to 24 turnovers.

Japan: Yui Yokoyama 22, Maiko Sekine 14
Latvia: Aija Putnina 23, Dita Krumberga 9


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NCAA - Women

Russia ensures the top spot in Pool B -by Eurobasket News
Russia - USA 78:42
Russia completed preliminary round of the Universiade basketball tournament in style. They swept United States team and sealed their perfect record in Pool B. United States advanced into the qualifying round despite loss as they finished at the second spot. Russia will now play against Taiwan in the first encounter of the qualifying round. USA will take on Czech Republic squad tomorrow.
Russia were overwhelming at the start of the game as they thrashed their opponents 29:10 in the first frame. They later performed some splendid defensive basketball to limit USA to 8 points in the second quarter and extended the gap to 46:18 at halftime. United States managed to slow Russian players down a bit after the break but it did not prevent them from losing the second half 24:32.
Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) paced Russia with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Olga Iakovleva (195-C-86) produced 13 points for the winners. Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87) had 13 points and 9 boards for USA. Wendy Stywalt (173-G-87) added 8 points and 7 boards in a losing clause.
Russia overpowered USA team under the rims 43:29. They also converted 46% from the field, while North American players hit only 28% including 1/10 from the outside.

Russia: Evgenia Belyakova 24, Olga Iakovleva 13
USA: Danielle Burgin 13+9 boards, Wendy Stywalt 8


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PORTUGAL - Women

After clinching playoffs Monarchs lose 2 in a row without Ticha -by Bruno Baltazar
Without Ticha Penicheiro ,Tina Thompson scored 25 points, Tamecka Dixon had 19 and the Houston Comets preserved their slim playoff chances with an 83-75 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs on Friday night.
Sancho Lyttle had 14 points and nine rebounds and Michelle Snow had a game-high 11 rebounds for Houston (11-19), which needs to win each of its last four games and have Seattle lost its final three to avoid missing the postseason for just the second time in the league's 11-year history.
Kara Lawson scored 14 points and Rebekkah Brunson and Nicole Powell added 13 each for Sacramento (17-13). The Monarchs fell to 7-9 on the road and lost center Yolanda Griffith to a twisted right knee in the fourth quarter.
Dixon's 14-foot jumper gave the Comets a 52-45 lead with 4:25 left in the third quater. However, the Monarchs rallied with a 7-2 run to pull to 54-52 with 2:01 left in the period.
Griffith scored the first basket of the fourth to pull the Monarchs to 58-57, but Thompson answered with a 3-pointer exactly one minute later. That started a 14-5 run for the Comets, who extended their lead to 72-62 on Thompson's free throws with 5:22 left in the game.
The Monarchs had their biggest lead about 6 1/2 minutes into the game as Lawson hit two free throws to extend the advantage to 12-6.
However, the Comets limited the Monarchs to juts 14 points in the second quarter after starting the period with a 13-5 run.
Snow made it 27-23 after making a pair of free throws, and Lyttle hit two in the final 30 seconds of the half to push Houston's lead to 41-36 at the break.



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RUSSIA - Women

Russia ensures the top spot in Pool B -by Eurobasket News
Russia - USA 78:42
Russia completed preliminary round of the Universiade basketball tournament in style. They swept United States team and sealed their perfect record in Pool B. United States advanced into the qualifying round despite loss as they finished at the second spot. Russia will now play against Taiwan in the first encounter of the qualifying round. USA will take on Czech Republic squad tomorrow.
Russia were overwhelming at the start of the game as they thrashed their opponents 29:10 in the first frame. They later performed some splendid defensive basketball to limit USA to 8 points in the second quarter and extended the gap to 46:18 at halftime. United States managed to slow Russian players down a bit after the break but it did not prevent them from losing the second half 24:32.
Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) paced Russia with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Olga Iakovleva (195-C-86) produced 13 points for the winners. Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87) had 13 points and 9 boards for USA. Wendy Stywalt (173-G-87) added 8 points and 7 boards in a losing clause.
Russia overpowered USA team under the rims 43:29. They also converted 46% from the field, while North American players hit only 28% including 1/10 from the outside.

Russia: Evgenia Belyakova 24, Olga Iakovleva 13
USA: Danielle Burgin 13+9 boards, Wendy Stywalt 8


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SERBIA - Women

Taiwan sees off Serbia -by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - Serbia 59:52
Taiwan crafted the first sensation at the Summer Universiade basketball tournament as they eliminated Serbia from the title race yesterday. Both teams entered the contest tied at 1-1 record and needed a win to advance. Serbia were well seen as favourites in this one but could not convert. The win means Taiwan team will play in the qualifying round and takes on Russia tomorrow. Serbia will continue in the classification round and next faces Brazil.
Serbia opened the game confidently enough and drove to a 15:12 lead after the first frame. However Taiwan quickly responded with 14:8 second stanza and completed the first half in front 26:23. In a nervous and rough third frame Serbia managed to narrow the gap by one point and trailed 39:41 at the start of the final quarter. But a couple of three point attempts from Min-fang Wu cleared off Taiwan to a safe distance and brought them so needed victory at the end.
Pei-chen Tsai led all scorers with 15 points. Min-fang Wu added 12 points hitting 4/7 three pointers. Marina Puskar (193-F/C-82) and Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) had 13 points apiece for Serbia. Adrijana Knezevic provided 12 points and 7 boards in a loss.
Serbia shot 43% from the field, while Taiwan asnwered with 40% accuracy. Serbian players also outrebounded their opponents 28:20. However Taiwan committed just 11 turnovers forcinf European team to 19.

Taiwan: Pei-chen Tsai 15, Min-fang Wu 12
Serbia: Marina Puskar 13, Miljana Musovic 13


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SLOVENIA - Women

Komplet breaks a bone -by Zeljko Zule
NT member Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) from Merkur Celje broken a bone spur on her heel and will be sidelined at least two months.

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TAIWAN - Women

Taiwan sees off Serbia -by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - Serbia 59:52
Taiwan crafted the first sensation at the Summer Universiade basketball tournament as they eliminated Serbia from the title race yesterday. Both teams entered the contest tied at 1-1 record and needed a win to advance. Serbia were well seen as favourites in this one but could not convert. The win means Taiwan team will play in the qualifying round and takes on Russia tomorrow. Serbia will continue in the classification round and next faces Brazil.
Serbia opened the game confidently enough and drove to a 15:12 lead after the first frame. However Taiwan quickly responded with 14:8 second stanza and completed the first half in front 26:23. In a nervous and rough third frame Serbia managed to narrow the gap by one point and trailed 39:41 at the start of the final quarter. But a couple of three point attempts from Min-fang Wu cleared off Taiwan to a safe distance and brought them so needed victory at the end.
Pei-chen Tsai led all scorers with 15 points. Min-fang Wu added 12 points hitting 4/7 three pointers. Marina Puskar (193-F/C-82) and Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) had 13 points apiece for Serbia. Adrijana Knezevic provided 12 points and 7 boards in a loss.
Serbia shot 43% from the field, while Taiwan asnwered with 40% accuracy. Serbian players also outrebounded their opponents 28:20. However Taiwan committed just 11 turnovers forcinf European team to 19.

Taiwan: Pei-chen Tsai 15, Min-fang Wu 12
Serbia: Marina Puskar 13, Miljana Musovic 13


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THAILAND - Women

Turkey edges Thailand to advance to the qualifying round -by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Thailand 63:56
Turkish students qualified into the qualifying round of the Summer Universiade. They overcame hosting Thailand to occupy the second spot in Group A. Thailand fell to 1-2 record and completed preliminaries at the third spot. Turkey will now play against Poland tomorrow. Thailand faces Japan in classification games.
Turkey enjoyed a narrow lead after the first frame 17:14. Thailand though did not allow Turkish players to run away and kept it at a striking distance. They cut the deficit to 2 points at halftime 29:31. The game remained close after the break as teams drove to a 41:43 scoreline at the end of the third stanza. However Turkish players wisely used a couple of mistakes from home side to seal a difficult victory at the dying stage of the game.
Gulcin Cantekin (187-C-84) topscored for Turkey with 20 points. Deniz Colakoglu (185-F-87) delivered 19 points for the winners. Charothai Suksomwong replied with game-high 24 points for hosts. Juthamas Jantakarn netted 10 points in a loss.
Turkey dominated under the rims outrebounding Thailand 44:32. Thailand also lacked accuracy from the field converting just 31%.

Turkey: Gulcin Cantekin 20, Deniz Colakoglu 19
Thailand: Charothai Suksomwong 24, Juthamas Jantakarn 10


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TRINIDAD - Women

TnT Defeats 28th Rank Dominican Rep In CBC Tournament -by Don Farrell
An allround stella performance from the Trinidad & Tobago women's team brought back memories of the glory years in the '80's for the national team when they dominated regional basketball.This time however the team was able to defeat 28th world rank Dominican Rep in what turned out to be a close encounter after early domination fromTnT.
The women finally brought joy to a dismal display by Trinidad and Tobago basketball as both the boys Under 17 and the senior men's team left the tournament without a single victory combine.
The Christopher Jackson coached women however had other ideas as they led 21 - 16 early and 45 - 36 at the half.Although they carried the same intensity into the third quarter the team took what was seemingly an easy victory down to the wire as Dominican Rep came on strong in the last quater but it was too late as the Pietra Gay led team eventually conpose themselves for the 69 - 63 victory.
The national team was led by point guard standout Pietra Gay former WNBA player who now plays in Romania, 15pts , 7rbs and 4 asst.Sterling contributions also came from Trecha Ann Jackson Kennedy 15pts,11rbs 1blk , and Rhea Codio with 16pts.
The team tackles Bahamas next


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TURKEY - Women

Turkey edges Thailand to advance to the qualifying round -by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Thailand 63:56
Turkish students qualified into the qualifying round of the Summer Universiade. They overcame hosting Thailand to occupy the second spot in Group A. Thailand fell to 1-2 record and completed preliminaries at the third spot. Turkey will now play against Poland tomorrow. Thailand faces Japan in classification games.
Turkey enjoyed a narrow lead after the first frame 17:14. Thailand though did not allow Turkish players to run away and kept it at a striking distance. They cut the deficit to 2 points at halftime 29:31. The game remained close after the break as teams drove to a 41:43 scoreline at the end of the third stanza. However Turkish players wisely used a couple of mistakes from home side to seal a difficult victory at the dying stage of the game.
Gulcin Cantekin (187-C-84) topscored for Turkey with 20 points. Deniz Colakoglu (185-F-87) delivered 19 points for the winners. Charothai Suksomwong replied with game-high 24 points for hosts. Juthamas Jantakarn netted 10 points in a loss.
Turkey dominated under the rims outrebounding Thailand 44:32. Thailand also lacked accuracy from the field converting just 31%.

Turkey: Gulcin Cantekin 20, Deniz Colakoglu 19
Thailand: Charothai Suksomwong 24, Juthamas Jantakarn 10


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

ISV 76, Bahamas 65 -by David Edole

Yanique Javois (176-G) carried the Virgin Islands team to a win over Bahamas, 76-65, in their first game of the Caribbean Basketball Championships.
The Virgin Islands took control of the game in the first period outscoring Bahamas 22-11. The second period was more even, 18-16. but in favor of the V.I.. The Bahamas did show some life in the third frame outscoring the Virgin Islands, 22-19 but the eventual winner sealed the game in the fourth. The V.I. won that period 17-16.
The Virgin Islands struggled at the free throw lime making just 21 of 41 attempts. They turned the ball over a whopping 35 times and still managed to win the game going away.
Javois led the team with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists. Shaquana Wilkins had 17 points, 20 rebounds and three blocked shots. Lynia Liburd contributed 15 points and ten boards and Raenielle De Castro-Cain chipped in with 11.
Shermaine Cash led Bahamas effort with 11 points.

Boxscore



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UNIVER.GAMES - Women

Qualifying round participants are defined in Bangkok -by Eurobasket News
Group A

Turkey - Thailand 63:56
Turkish students qualified into the qualifying round of the Summer Universiade. They overcame hosting Thailand to occupy the second spot in Group A. Thailand fell to 1-2 record and completed preliminaries at the third spot. Turkey will now play against Poland tomorrow. Thailand faces Japan in classification games.
Turkey enjoyed a narrow lead after the first frame 17:14. Thailand though did not allow Turkish players to run away and kept it at a striking distance. They cut the deficit to 2 points at halftime 29:31. The game remained close after the break as teams drove to a 41:43 scoreline at the end of the third stanza. However Turkish players wisely used a couple of mistakes from home side to seal a difficult victory at the dying stage of the game.
Gulcin Cantekin (187-C-84) topscored for Turkey with 20 points. Deniz Colakoglu (185-F-87) delivered 19 points for the winners. Charothai Suksomwong replied with game-high 24 points for hosts. Juthamas Jantakarn netted 10 points in a loss.
Turkey dominated under the rims outrebounding Thailand 44:32. Thailand also lacked accuracy from the field converting just 31%.

Turkey: Gulcin Cantekin 20, Deniz Colakoglu 19
Thailand: Charothai Suksomwong 24, Juthamas Jantakarn 10


Canada - Korea 73:68
Canada: Carolyn Ganes (191-F/C-84) 18+11 boards, Kadie Reverin 13
Korea: Junga Jee 16, Yoon Yang 13


Group B

Russia - USA 78:42
Russia completed preliminary round of the Universiade basketball tournament in style. They swept United States team and sealed their perfect record in Pool B. United States advanced into the qualifying round despite loss as they finished at the second spot. Russia will now play against Taiwan in the first encounter of the qualifying round. USA will take on Czech Republic squad tomorrow.
Russia were overwhelming at the start of the game as they thrashed their opponents 29:10 in the first frame. They later performed some splendid defensive basketball to limit USA to 8 points in the second quarter and extended the gap to 46:18 at halftime. United States managed to slow Russian players down a bit after the break but it did not prevent them from losing the second half 24:32.
Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) paced Russia with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Olga Iakovleva (195-C-86) produced 13 points for the winners. Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87) had 13 points and 9 boards for USA. Wendy Stywalt (173-G-87) added 8 points and 7 boards in a losing clause.
Russia overpowered USA team under the rims 43:29. They also converted 46% from the field, while North American players hit only 28% including 1/10 from the outside.

Russia: Evgenia Belyakova 24, Olga Iakovleva 13
USA: Danielle Burgin 13+9 boards, Wendy Stywalt 8


Japan - Latvia 93:65
Japanese team secured the third spot in Pool B at the Universiade basketball tournament in Bangkok. Japan defeated Latvia 93:65 in the last round of preliminary action. They will next face Thailand in classification round. Latvia fell to 0-3 record and remained at the bottom of the ladder. They will play versus Korea tomorrow.
Japan controlled the game right from the start and gained a 25:21 advantage after the first quarter. They continue to pile the lead in the second frame and marked a 48:30 lead at halftime. Latvia tried to recover in the third stanza but Japan withstood all their attempts and posted another successful quarter 20:19. Latvia run of steam in the dying stages of the encounter and had to surrender at the end.
Yui Yokoyama led Japan to victory with 22 points. Maiko Sekine contributed 14 points for the winners. Aija Putnina (191-F-88) had 23 points for Latvia. Dita Krumberga (183-G/F-84) scored 9 points in a loss.
Japan shot solid 46% from the field and 85% from free throw line. They also forced Latvia to 24 turnovers.

Japan: Yui Yokoyama 22, Maiko Sekine 14
Latvia: Aija Putnina 23, Dita Krumberga 9


Group C

Taiwan - Serbia 59:52
Taiwan crafted the first sensation at the Summer Universiade basketball tournament as they eliminated Serbia from the title race yesterday. Both teams entered the contest tied at 1-1 record and needed a win to advance. Serbia were well seen as favourites in this one but could not convert. The win means Taiwan team will play in the qualifying round and takes on Russia tomorrow. Serbia will continue in the classification round and next faces Brazil.
Serbia opened the game confidently enough and drove to a 15:12 lead after the first frame. However Taiwan quickly responded with 14:8 second stanza and completed the first half in front 26:23. In a nervous and rough third frame Serbia managed to narrow the gap by one point and trailed 39:41 at the start of the final quarter. But a couple of three point attempts from Min-fang Wu cleared off Taiwan to a safe distance and brought them so needed victory at the end.
Pei-chen Tsai led all scorers with 15 points. Min-fang Wu added 12 points hitting 4/7 three pointers. Marina Puskar (193-F/C-82) and Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) had 13 points apiece for Serbia. Adrijana Knezevic provided 12 points and 7 boards in a loss.
Serbia shot 43% from the field, while Taiwan asnwered with 40% accuracy. Serbian players also outrebounded their opponents 28:20. However Taiwan committed just 11 turnovers forcinf European team to 19.

Taiwan: Pei-chen Tsai 15, Min-fang Wu 12
Serbia: Marina Puskar 13, Miljana Musovic 13


Czech Republic - Mozambique 64:35
Czech Republic
: Tereza Peckova (187-C-87) 12, Veronika Vlkova (175-G/F-84) 10
Mozambique: Deolinda Ginio 9, Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) 7+8 boards


Group D

Brazil - China 70:57
Brazilian team finished the preliminary round with a comprehensive win over China 70:57. However it turned out to be not enough to advance into the qualifying round of the Summer University Games in Bangkok. Brazil were tied at 2-1 record with Australia and Poland but the points difference was not in favour of Brazil.
Brazil will now play in the classification round and faces Serbia tomorrow. China remained winless in Group D and takes on Mozambique.
Brazil and China kept it close in the first three quarter. Latin American enjoyed a narrow 31:30 lead at halftime but China spurred ahead in the third quarter and entered the fourth quarter in front 49:44. However Brazilian team finally found the touch and crashed their opponents in the final term. They nailed 26 points and eased to an overall victory at the end.
Luciana Angeloni (183-F-84) netted 23 points and collected 6 boards for Brazil. Vanuzia Santos contributed 15 points and 11 boards for the winners. Lu Lu (184-G-86) replied with 18 points for China. Jing Huang added 13 points in defeat.
Brazil outrebounded China 40:34. But they lacked accuracy converting 34% from the field and 50% from free throw line. China knocked down 35% of field goals and 63% from the stripe.

Brazil: Luciana Angeloni 23, Vanuzia Santos 15+11 boards
China: Lu Lu 18, Jing Huang 13


Australia - Poland 66:62
Australia: Natalie Hurst (163-G-83) 17, Eva Afeaki (183-G-84) 11, Samantha Richards (167-G-83, agency: LBM Management) 11
Poland: Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85) 25+10 boards, Katarzyna Czubak (172-G-85) 10


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WBCBL - Women

2007 WBCBL Awards & Honors -by Willie McCray
2007 WBCBL NATIONAL CHAMPS: ARKANSAS BALLERS

WBCBL South Regional Champs: Atlanta Angels
MVP: Joanna Bess (Augusta Blaze)
Top Defensive Player Award: Yaleshia Barnes (Atlanta Angels)

WBCBL Mid-South Regional Champs: Shreveport Sting
MVP: Detra Ashley (Shreveport Ballers)
Top Defensive Player Award: Jasmine McClendon (Arkansas Starz)

WBCBL West Regional Champs: Arkansas Ballers
MVP: Jonetta Brown (Dallas Dolphins)
Top Defensive Player Award: Erika Bobo (Arkansas Ballers)

2007 Coach of the Year: Jessica Kern (Arkansas Ballers)

1st Team All-WBCBL
Amanda Wilson (Shreveport Sting)
Detra Ashley (Shreveport Ballers)
Maxann Reese (Arkansas Ballers)
Khady Yacine Ngom (Dallas Crest)
Erika Bobo (Arkansas Ballers)
Jasmine McClendon (Arkansas Starz)
Jonetta Brown (Dallas Dolphins)
Joanna Bess (Atlanta Angels)
Ty Moore (Shreveport Sting)
Yaleshia Barnes (Atlanta Angels)

2nd Team All-WBCBL
Denise Wilson (Atlanta Diamonds)
Frances Carvajal (Arkansas Ballers)
Jessica Houston (Mississippi Rockstars)
LaTisha Edwards (Shreveport Ballers)
Ngeye Ndiaye (Dallas Crest)
Talia Haas (Shreveport Ballers)
Tierra Lassiter (Dallas Dolphins)
Tamesha Graves (Dallas Lady Diesel)
Tamikki Williams (Dallas Lady Diesel)
Tori Huggins (Arkansas Starz)

Honorable Mention
Ashley Dutchak (Out West / Canada)
Celeste Stevenson (Dallas Crest)
Ebony Shaw (Dallas Crest)
Ernesia Wideman (Augusta Blaze)
Isis Mitchell (Atlanta JC Crew)
Jeanenne Colbert (Arkansas Ballers)
Julie Williams (Dallas Crest)
Katrina Crawford (Arkansas Starz)
Karlanda Butler (Dallas Lady Diesel)
Kinshata Welch ((Mississippi Rockstars)
Lauren Stagg (Out West / Canada)
Letitia Hughes (Dallas Crest)
Lorrie Mitchell (Arkansas Starz)
Marianna Raguz (Out West / Canada)
Marquetia Thomas (Mississippi Rockstars)
Natalie Lobela Daunau (Dallas Crest)
Noelka Minter-Hill (Atlanta Diamonds)
Padrica Metcalf (Shreveport Ballers)
Shayla Canady (Arkansas Starz)
Ty Robinson (Shreveport Sting)

Dandra Kay Thomas Award: Antasha Jones-Jefferson (Memphis Express)

CONGRATULATIONS to each award recipient and a VERY SPECIAL THANKS to EVERYBODY involved with the WBCBL!!! The 2007 season was the most competitive and exciting season yet! The WBCBL staff and partners have already begun working to the 2008 season even better!

Thanks again and God Bless y'all!!!
Willie McCray
WBCBL Founder & President